Yes, he confirms it in a video available at YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srbX26vp57c
John McCain graduated 894th out of 899 from the US Naval Academy. 5th from last.
He graduated the United States Naval Academy (Annapolis) in 1958 with a BS. He ranked 894th in his class of 899, almost flunking out before graduation. McCain now jokes about his poor academic record.
According to a January 31, 008 posting on The Haze Filter, McCain graduated 894th out of 899 in his class. http://www.thehazefilter.com/archives/2008/01/27-week/ I found the same thing at The U.S. Veteran Dispatch on the same date. http://www.usvetdsp.com/jan08/mccain_military_record.htm
894th out of 899
Wayne Gretzky scored his 894th and final NHL goal against the New York Islanders and goalie Wade Flaherty with 2:07 left in the 3rd period of the Rangers 3-1 victory on March 29, 1999.
Generally speaking the answer to your question would be no. I looked up the 894th you referenced in your question.They have an association you might like to contact for further information. Go to the web site then scroll down until you find them. Normandy Allies
it literally means sharp and bold/braveIt's also the motto of the 6th Field Artillery:http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/FA/6FieldArtilleryRegiment.htmThe WW 2 "pin" that you have is known as a D.I., short for Distinctive Insignia. It is the unit crest of a particular unit, & worn on the blouse (dress jacket) of the soldier's uniform. The "Heraldry" of this D.I. indicates that it is a cavalry unit, as indicated by the crossed sabers. The rattlesnake indicates that the unit saw service in the southwestern part of the U.S. early in the history of the unit. Tank Destroyer units generally did not have a D.I. for their unit, not all military units had D.I.'s. But there were times when a unit would have their own D.I. "made up," & not ok'ed by the Office of Heraldry, U.S. Army. This may be one of those times, where the 776th T.D. Battalion had their own D.I. made up. Obviously more research is needed.Richard V. Horrell WW 2 Connections.comIt's not the DI of the 776th TD Btln. That DI can be seen here:Org Support 776'Celer Et Audax'is the motto of the King's Royal Rifle Company, a British unit. Since the US Tank Destroyer units were often attached to many other units, both US and foreign, and were credited with saving those units bacon many times, your pins could have been given to your grandfather as a gift of appreciation. The site I listed above has a history of the 776th were you can further research the units they may have been attached to.My dad was in the 894th Tank Destroyer Batallion, and he has a DI from an army Air Force Unit. I wish I had gotten interested in all this when he was still alive to answer questions.Thanks for the offer but I know all about the 894th. There is an excellent book on the unit's history "Seek, Strike, Destroy, The History of the 894th Tank Destroyer Batallion" by Patrick Chase, which I have. What I don't know is my fathers many stories. I don't know how a GI who spent his entire time in TDs has an Army Air Force Training School DI in with his medals and badges. I would like to know what caused a man who qualified as expert with bayonet, marksman with rifle, and expert with the towed 37mm anti tank gun, to never again pick up a gun. I would like to know the stories behind the pictures he took like the German dive bomber with it's bomb falling through the air to a point that looks to be VERY close to the picture taker.What further information about the 894th T.D. Batt. do you desire? I have the date & location that the 894th was activated, from where & when they left the U.S., when the 894th landed in England, North Africa & Italy. I have the list of campaigns the 894th was in, along with the date the unit was de-activated.Richard V. Horrell WW 2 Connections.comCeler et Audax was the motto of the British 60th Regiment (Royal Americans) formed in 1755 in North America. Its 1st Battalion was commanded by the renowned Light Infantry expert Colonel Henry Bouquet. After the American War of Independence the 60th Regiment moved to Canada. The 5th Battalion 60th Regiment, formed in 1798, were green uniformed riflemen who served with distinction in the Napoleonic Wars in Portugal and Spain in the early 1800s. Their first commander was Colonel Francis de Rottenburgh who wrote the British Army Light Infantry training manual of that period. Many of his ideas can be seen to be the forerunners of modern infantry concepts.After the Napoleonic Wars the 60th Regiment moved to Britain and were re-titled the Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Today they have been further amalgamated and form part of the Royal Green Jackets.The regiment has prided itself on being experts on light infantry skirmisher tactics, evolving from their first experiences of emulating North American Woodland Indian fighting methods 250 years ago. There has been a tradition of a number of American volunteers serving in this British Army unit which continued throughout the First and Second World Wars, even prior to the United States entering both those wars. I am aware that relatively recently, possibly even today, such links have continued with formal exchange postings with the United States Army.The pin in question could easily be linked to such a connection.Rod MacArthur(former British Army Lieutenant Colonel)
AnswerFor reunion info, please contact the following:820th Tank Destroyer BattalionMr. Steven Siekierka24931 S. Sylbert Ct.Redford, Michigan 48239(313) 532-8306Tank DestroyersThe tank destroyer force was created as a mobile GHQ antitank reserve in 1941. The original concept called for battalions to be concentrated in tank destroyer brigades and groups for employment en masse against an armored threat. In practice, the realities of combat and the erosion of the German Panzer force meant that the tank destroyers were usually attached individually to divisions.Initial War Department plans called for the creation of 220 TD battalions, a figure that was never achieved. By the end of 1943, 106 battalions were in existence of which fifty-six served in Europe or Italy and six in the Pacific. Eleven of the remaining battalions were converted to armored field artillery, amphibious tractor, chemical mortar, or tank battalions. Thirty-six battalions were disbanded -- with their personnel going to the replacement pool.The first TD battalions organized were fully self-propelled. However, combat experience in North Africa appeared to show that towed guns would be desirable. As a result, about one-half of the battalions were converted to towed in 1943. Unfortunately, further experience proved that towed guns were simply too immobile, making them highly vulnerable. As a result, in 1944 many of the towed battalions were converted back to self-propelled. On 1 January 1945, a total of 73 battalions were active.The tank destroyer battalions were all organized with three companies, each company was equipped with twelve guns, for a total of thirty-six in the battalion. The early battalions also had an antiaircraft and an engineer platoon which were later discarded. A strong reconnaissance element was retained, equivalent to a mechanized cavalry troop.The TD battalions first employed two stopgap ad hoc weapons, the M3 halftrack, which mounted an elderly 75mm gun and the M6 TD, a Dodge 3/4 ton Weapons Carrier with a 37mm AT gun crudely mounted in the truck bed. Later, in North Africa in 1943, the TD battalions began to receive the first standardized TD gun, the M10. The M10 was based on a variant of the M4 tank chassis, was lightly armored, and had poor cross-country mobility and speed. However, its 3" gun, a development of the prewar AA gun, was quite powerful for the time. By early 1944 the first purpose-designed TD appeared, the M18, and began to slowly replace the M10. The M18 was more lightly armored than the M10, but had very good cross-country mobility and impressive speed. Furthermore, the gun was an improved 3", known as the 76mm, with a more powerful cartridge case and muzzle-break, giving it greater accuracy and hitting power. Finally, also in 1944, the M36 was deployed. The M36 utilized the same chassis as the M10, but mounted the powerful 90mm gun (also originally an AA weapon). The M36 was the most powerful antitank weapon in the U.S. arsenal, with the newly developed high-velocity armor piercing rounds (HVAP, also known as APCR for Armor Piercing Composite Rigid), the 90mm was easily capable of defeating all German armor, if it could get the first hit.The seventy-three tank destroyer battalions active and their armament on 1 January 1945 were:There were fifty-two in the ETO: the 601st (M36, also served in Tunisia, Sicily, and Italy with M3 and M10), 602nd (M18), 603rd (M18), 607th (M36), 609th (M18), 610th (M36), 612th (M18), 614th Colored (T), 628th (M36), 629th (M10), 630th (M36), 631st (M10), 634th (M10), 635th (M10), 636th (M10, also served in Tunisia and Italy), 638th (M18), 643rd (M18), 644th (M10), 645th (M36, also served in Italy with M10), 654th (M36), 691st (M36), 692nd (T), 701st (M10), 702nd (M36), 703rd (M36), 704th (M18), 705th (M18), 771st (M36), 772nd (T), 773rd (M36), 774th (M36), 776th (M36, also served in Tunisia and Italy with M10), 801st (T), 802nd (T), 803rd (M36), 807th (T), 808th (M36), 809th (M36), 811th (M18), 813th (M36, also served in Tunisia and Sicily with M3 and M10), 814th (M36), 817th (T), 818th (M36), 820th (T), 821st (M10), 822nd (T), 823rd (M10), 824th (T), 825th (T), 827th Colored (M18), 893rd (M10), and 899th (M36, also served in Tunisia with M10). Before the end of the war in Europe eight more battalions converted to SP, the 692nd(M10), 801st (M18), 802nd (M10), 817th (M18), 820th (M18), 822nd (M18), 824th (M18), 825th (M10).Four were in route to the ETO: the 605th (T, converted to M10 in March)), 648th (T), 656th (M36), and 661st (M18).Four were serving in the MTO: the 679th Colored (T), 804th (M10, also served in Tunisia), 805th (T, also served in Tunisia with M3), and 894th (M10, also served in Tunisia).Six were serving in the PTO: the 632nd (M10), 637th (M18), 640th (M10), 671st (M18), 806th (M10), and 819th (M10).Seven remained in the US: the 606th (SP, disbanded 28 February), 611th (T, disbanded 20 February), 627th (SP, in Hawaii, disbanded 10 April), 633rd (M18, arrived in the ETO 12 April), 652nd (SP), and 670th (SP, in Hawaii, disbanded 10 April), and 816th (T, disbanded 20 February).Like the mass employment of separate tank battalions, the deployment of the tank destroyers in mass to defeat enemy armored attacks was never actually practiced. In the Ardennes Campaign the Third Army employed one TD battalion as an augmentation to the army's Military Police force. By the end of the war it was clear that the tank destroyer experiment had no future in the army, on 10 November 1945 the Tank Destroyer Center at Fort Hood Texas was officially discontinued, ending the existence of the tank destroyer force.
John McCain graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1958.
Yes, class of 1958.
John McCain graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1958. He was ranked 594 out 599 students, barely making the grade required to graduate.
Yes, inspite of his party boy reputation he did get in and graduate in 1958.
Family tradition. His Grandfather was a graduate and reached the rank of Admiral. His father was a graduate and reached the rank of Admiral.
What number in the graduating class of 1958 from the US naval academy did John McCain graduate? Was he valedictorian or salutatorian?
Yes the US usually trains foreign cadets at the US Naval Academy.
Congress limits the number of cadets to 4,417.
A 1958 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, McCain had a 22-year military career as a pilot and officer in the Navy.
John McCain graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1958.
They are called Cadets.
Is John McCin a high school graduate
No, he attended the Naval Academy.
Girl Scouts in the US in grades 6 to 8 are called Girl Scout Cadettes. There are other types of Cadets, such as an Air Force Academy Cadet, and yes, girls may be that kind of cadet also. Yes, Girls can be in cadets, for instance: Air Cadets, Army Cadets, Marine Cadets, Sea/Navy Cadets or cadets which are non-military such as Girl Scouts etc.
no McCain has only graduated in the us navel academy in 1958.