Sides, John, ADM

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1960-1963, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
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1925 - 1963

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Roslyn, WA

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Apr 03, 1978
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Throughout a distinguished naval career spanning nearly four decades, Admiral Sides contributed immensely to the field of weapons, specifically with regard to shipboard missile systems. The guided missile frigate Sides (FFG-14), the first ship so named in his honor, represents a most appropriate marriage of platform and namesake.

A native of Roslyn, Washington, Admiral Sides received his commission from the U.S. Naval Academy, having graduated with distinction in the class of 1925. His early sea tours were served principally aboard battleships. While ashore he pursued development of his specialty - ordnance - First, in 1942, as Chief of Ammunition and explosive section of the Bureau of Ordnance; then in 1948 as Deputy to the Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for Guided Missiles; in 1951 in the Office of the Director of Guided Missiles, Office of the Secretary of Defense; and, most notably, in 1952, as Director of the Guided Missile Division, Office of the CNO, from which he director the Navy's Guided Missile Efforts for almost four years.

Admiral Sides at sea commands include: Commander Mine Division Eight (1944), Commander Destroyer Squadron Forty-Seven (1945), USS ALBANY (1950), and Commander Cruiser Division Six (1956).

On August 31, 1960, he was appointed Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and served in that capacity until 1963 at which time he retired from active duty. He passed away April 3, 1978 leaving his spouse, the former Virginia E. Roach and daughter, Mrs. Joanne Savina Sides Watson.

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director of the guided-missile division in the office of the chief of naval operations

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52 Members Also There at Same Time

Burke, Arleigh, ADM, (1923-1961) Admiral
Carney, Robert, ADM Admiral
Fechteler, William Morrow, ADM, (1916-1956) Admiral
Briscoe, Robert Pearce, ADM, (1918-1959) Vice Admiral
Fife, James, ADM, (1918-1955) Vice Admiral
Soucek, Apollo, VADM, (1921-1955) Vice Admiral
Grenfell, Elton Watters, VADM, (1926-1964) Rear Admiral Upper Half
Miles, Milton Edward, VADM, (1917-1958) Rear Admiral Upper Half
RILEY, Herbert, VADM, (1927-1964) Rear Admiral Upper Half
Soucek, Apollo, VADM, (1921-1955) Rear Admiral Upper Half
Austin, Bernard, VADM, (1924-1968) Rear Admiral Lower Half
Becton, F. Julian, RADM, (1931-1966) Rear Admiral Lower Half
Felt, Harry Donald, ADM, (1923-1964) Rear Admiral Lower Half
Felt, Harry Donald, ADM, (1923-1964) Rear Admiral Lower Half
Smoot, Roland Nesbit, VADM, (1923-1962) Rear Admiral Lower Half
Anderson, Fernald, CAPT Captain
Baumberger, Walter Harlen, VADM, (1934-1974) Captain
Craighill, Richard Starr, RADM, (1932-1967) Captain
Eller, Ernest, RADM, (1925-1970) Captain
Fraser, Archie Donald, RADM, (1931-1956) Captain
Gayler, Noel, ADM, (1935-1976) Captain
Mee, Francis James, RADM, (1918-1952) Captain
Romoser, William Kilian, RADM, (1926-1961) Captain
Smith-Hutton, Henri, CAPT, (1922-1952) Captain
Whitaker, Reuben, RADM, (1934-1968) Captain
BONNER, Emmett, RADM, (1939-1972) Commander
BONNER, Emmett, RADM, (1939-1972) Commander
Kinney, Sheldon, RADM, (1935-1972) Commander
Laning, Richard, CAPT, (1940-1963) Commander
McCain, John, ADM, (1931-1972) Commander
McCain, John, ADM, (1931-1972) Commander
Street III, George, CAPT, (1931-1966) Commander
Nimitz, Chester William, FADM, (1905-1966) OFF 000X Fleet Admiral
Ofstie, Ralph, VADM, (1918-1956) OFF 132X Vice Admiral
Akers, Frank P., RADM, (1918-1963) OFF 000X Rear Admiral Upper Half
Felt, Harry Donald, ADM, (1923-1964) OFF 131X Rear Admiral Upper Half
Galantin, Ignatius, ADM, (1933-1970) OFF 112X Rear Admiral Upper Half
Russell, James Sargent, ADM, (1926-1965) OFF 131X Rear Admiral Upper Half
Anderson, George Whelan, ADM, (1927-1963) OFF 131X Rear Admiral Lower Half
MacDonald, Donald, RDML, (1931-1959) OFF 000X Rear Admiral Lower Half
Banister, Alan Boyd, RADM, (1928-1958) OFF 112X Captain
Clarey, Bernard, ADM, (1934-1973) OFF 112X Captain
Galantin, Ignatius, ADM, (1933-1970) OFF 112X Captain
Johansen, Gustave, RADM, (1925-1959) OFF 111X Captain
Massey, Forsyth, RADM, (1931-1968) OFF Captain
McDonald, David Lamar, ADM, (1928-1967) OFF 131X Captain
Merrill, Grayson, CAPT, (1929-1957) OFF 000X Captain
Scanland, Jr., Francis, CAPT, (1934-1964) OFF 112X Captain
Strean, Barnard Max, VADM, (1929-1971) OFF 000X Captain
Kane, William Richard, CAPT, (1933-1957) OFF 131X Commander
MacGregor, Stephen, CAPT, (1940-1971) OFF 111X Commander
Reed, Dale Calvin, CAPT, (1938-1972) OFF 110X Commander
Rommel, Herbert Fox, CAPT, (1934-1969) OFF 000X Commander
Russell, Charles Edward, CAPT, (1940-1965) OFF 131X Commander
Shirley, James Alexander, CAPT, (1941-1968) OFF 131X Commander
Street III, George, CAPT, (1931-1966) OFF 112X Commander
Golenor, John, LT, (1951-1955) OFF 163X Lieutenant Junior Grade

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