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USS JOHN S. McCAIN (DD-928 / DL-3 / DDG-36)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBXY

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - SOAP SUDS

Displacement 4855 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 490' (oa) x 47' 6" x 14' 8" (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/54 RF (2x1), 4 x 3"/50 (2x2), 8 20mm (4x2) 2 Weapon Alfa ASW
Systems, 4 x 21" TT, 1 DC Track.
Machinery, 80,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 360.
Operational and Building Data
Built by Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME (YN 314)
Laid down 24 October 1949
Launched 12 July 1952
Commissioned 12 October 1953
Decommissioned 24 June 1966
Recommissioned 06 September 1969
Reclassified DDG-36 06 September 1969
Decommissioned and stricken 29 April 1978
Fate Sold for scrap 13 December 1979

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McCain 66kAn official portait of Admiral John Sidney McCain, taken in 1945. The photo is from the National Archives.Robert M. Cieri
USS John S. McCain (DL-3)
284kOn ways prior to launching, 12 July 1952.Dave Wright
McCain 76kUndated, drydock location unknown.David Smalley
McCain 169kUndated, location unknown.P. Suleski/Robert Hurst
McCain 45kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
McCain 148kUndated, at Pearl Harbor.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
McCain 47kUSS John S. McCain (DL-3), underway circa 1957, location unknown. Photo U.S. Navy, Official.Robert Hurst
McCain 184kSydney, Australia, May 4 1957.Chris Howell
McCain 63kAnchored in the Hooghly River, Calcutta, India in October 1959.Gerd Matthes
McCain 61kEarly 60's cruisebook.Ed Sugrue OSCM USN (Ret)
McCain 132kCirca 1959-1962, photo by Robert Parrott crewman of the USS Midway (CVA-41).John Parrott
McCain 142kCirca 1959-1962, photo by Robert Parrott crewman of the USS Midway (CVA-41).John Parrott
McCain 120kCirca 1959-1962, photo by Robert Parrott crewman of the USS Midway (CVA-41).John Parrott
McCain 91kCirca 1962, McCain refueling from the Passumpsic (AO-107) while on a WestPac deployment.P. Suleski
McCain 71k USS John S. McCain (DL-3) underway circa 1962, location unknown. Note her crew at attention on her port side. Photo courtesy Mr. W.H. Davis from the 1964-65 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
McCain 87kThe McCain cutting between a Russian destroyer and the USS Midway (CVA-41) off the Vietnam coast in 1965.Brenden Johnson
McCain 96kCirca 1966, location unknown. Image from the 1966/67 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
McCain 105kShip's patchMike Smolinski
USS John S. McCain (DDG-36)
McCain 77kUndated, location unknown.Gerd Matthes
McCain 107kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
McCain 110kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
McCain 129kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
McCain 58kThe Commissioning Program for USS John S. McCain DDG-36, ceremonies held at the Philadelphia Naval Base, 6 September 1969.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 47kAn Official Invitation to the Commissioning.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 52kAn Official Invitation to the Reception.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 55kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA. Undated, location unknown.Mike Smolinski
McCain 157kCDR Gerald Eugene (Jerry) Gneckow and his wife Pat strike a pose next the the USS John S. McCain (DDG-36) ship's bell in 1973.RADM Jerry Gneckow
McCain 190kChange of Command ceremony for USS John S. McCain on 27 April 1973 at Mare Island. The ship was in overhaul at Mare Island at the time. Officers are is CDR Gerald E. Gnechkow (left front), CAPT Neil Ammerman behind, and William Francis (Executive Officer) at the right with the LT in the rear is a Mare Island chaplain.Darryl Baker
McCain 235kUSS John S. McCain (DDG-36), January 8 1973, location unknown. From the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
McCain 52kIn the Pacific, 26 June 1976.Courtesy Destroyer History Foundation
McCain 140kApril 1 1977, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
McCain 50kShip's patchMike Smolinski

USS JOHN S. McCAIN DD-928 / DDG-36 / DL-3 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Edward Reuben King Jr.    Oct 12 1953 - Jul 15 1955 (Later RADM)

CDR George Anthony Gowen    Jul 15 1955 - Jul 9 1957

CDR William David Owen Jr.    Jul 9 1957 - Jan 7 1959

CDR Louis Leonard Meier Jr.    Jan 7 1959 - Dec 3 1960

CDR Jack Lions Wohler    Dec 3 1960 - Jul 17 1962

CDR Francis Everett Pearson III    Jul 17 1962 - Mar 7 1964

CDR John Turner Wells III    Mar 7 1964 - Sep 8 1965

CDR Ralph Ensign Wilson Jr.    Sep 8 1965 - Jun 24 1966

(Decommissioned Jun 24 1966 - Sep 6 1969)

CDR David Newton Denton    Sep 6 1969 - Sep 17 1971

CDR Clell Neil Ammerman    Sep 17 1971 - Apr 27 1973

CDR Gerald Eugene (Jerry) Gneckow    Apr 27 1973 - Apr 30 1975 (Later RADM)

CDR Donald George Hay    Apr 30 1975 - Jun 10 1976

LCDR George Charles Chappell    Jun 10 1976 - May 10 1977

CDR Carl Allan Anderson    May 10 1977 - Mar 10 1978

LCDR Robert R. Williams III    Mar 10 1978 - Apr 29 1978

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Peter Peterson
Phone: (321)952-2066
Next Reunion: August 8-15, 2020 at New Orleans, Louisiana

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

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