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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31 Members Also There at Same Time

Denfeld, Louis Emil, ADM, (1912-1950) Admiral
Sherman, Forrest, ADM, (1918-1951) Admiral
Carney, Robert, ADM Vice Admiral
Fife, James, ADM, (1918-1955) Vice Admiral
Radford, Arthur William, ADM, (1916-1957) Vice Admiral
Sherman, Forrest, ADM, (1918-1951) Vice Admiral
Miles, Milton Edward, VADM, (1917-1958) Rear Admiral Upper Half
Briscoe, Robert Pearce, ADM, (1918-1959) Rear Admiral Lower Half
Wright, Jerauld, ADM, (1917-1963) Rear Admiral Lower Half
Austin, Bernard, VADM, (1924-1968) Captain
Claggett, Bladen, CAPT, (1935-1966) Captain
Grenfell, Elton Watters, VADM, (1926-1964) Captain
Maher, Arthur, RDML, (1923-1953) Captain
McCandless, Bruce, RADM, (1928-1952) Captain
Mee, Francis James, RADM, (1918-1952) Captain
RILEY, Herbert, VADM, (1927-1964) Captain
Soucek, Apollo, VADM, (1921-1955) Captain
BONNER, Emmett, RADM, (1939-1972) Commander
McCain, John, ADM, (1931-1972) Commander
Nimitz, Chester William, FADM, (1905-1966) OFF 000X Fleet Admiral
McCrea, John Livingstone, VADM, (1911-1953) OFF 111X Rear Admiral Upper Half
Struble, Arthur Dewey, ADM, (1915-1956) OFF 111X Rear Admiral Upper Half
Allan, Halle Charles, CAPT, (1927-1957) OFF 111X Captain
Crommelin, John G., RADM, (1923-1950) OFF 131X Captain
Galantin, Ignatius, ADM, (1933-1970) OFF 112X Captain
Karig, Walter, CAPT, (1932-1954) OFF 110X Captain
Strean, Barnard Max, VADM, (1929-1971) OFF 000X Captain
Wendt, Waldemar Frederick A, ADM, (1933-1971) OFF Captain
Kane, William Richard, CAPT, (1933-1957) OFF 131X Commander
Abbot, James L., RADM, (1935-1974) OFF 000X Lieutenant Commander
Reed, Dale Calvin, CAPT, (1938-1972) OFF 110X Lieutenant Commander
Greer, Howard E., VADM, (1941-1978) OFF 000X Lieutenant
Greer, Howard E., VADM, (1941-1978) OFF 000X Lieutenant

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