From the personal collection of Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., first edition of At Close Quarters by Captain Robert J. Bulkley, Jr.
Octavo, xxiv, 574pp. Blue cloth, title in gilt on spine. Seal of the Department of the Navy in gilt on front cover. No additional printings on copyright page. Slight bow to rear cover, bumped spine tips and corners, a near fine example. With a laid-in note from Ernest M. Eller for Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., hand signed “all the best / Judge.”
Admiral John S. McCain, Jr. (1911-1981) served in the United States Navy for 45 years. He was the son of Admiral John S. McCain, Sr., a four-star admiral who commanded South Pacific aircraft operations in World War II, and the father of Senator John McCain. During the Vietnam War, Admiral McCain was Commander-in-Chief of all U.S. forces in the Vietnam theater and an ardent supporter of the Vietnamization policy of President Nixon. McCain retired in 1972 and died of a heart attack in 1981. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.