Inscribed to Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., first edition of The Proudest Day by Charles G. Muller.
Octavo, [x], 373pp. Black cloth, title in gilt on spine. No additional printings listed on copyright page. Frontispiece portrait. Solid text block, small dampstain to bottom edge with no impact to text block. In the publisher’s dust jacket, $5.75 retail price on front flap, water stain to rear panel and spine. Light wear to edges, sunning to spine. Inscribed on the front free endpaper “For Jack McCain, who seems, as a 1960 admiral, to have to cope with many of the same seapower problems that Thomas Macdonough had to face, as a Commodore, back when the Navy was very young. Charles G. Muller. On board Taconic(?) November 1960.”
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.