Thach, John S. (Jimmy), Adm., USN (Ret.)

After a 40-year career, Admiral John S. “Jimmie” Thach, U.S. Navy (Retired) retired as commander in chief of U.S. naval forces in Europe in 1967. The 1927 U.S. Naval Academy graduate commanded two aircraft carriers and was an antisubmarine warfare expert. Among other awards, he received the Navy Cross with Gold Star and the Distinguished Service Medal. He died in 1981.

Articles by John S. Thach

Oral History—Black Jack Reeves

By Admiral Thomas H. Moorer, U. S. Navy (Retired), Captain David McCampbell, U. S. Navy (Retired), Vice Admiral Thomas R. Weschler, U. S. Navy (Retired), Rear Admiral Thomas J. Hamilton, U. S. Navy (Retired), Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, U. S. Navy (Retired), & Admiral John S. Thach, U. S. Navy (Retired)
January 1988
By Admiral Thomas H. Moorer, U. S. Navy (Retired) I joined the crew of the heavy cruiser New Orleans (CA-32) in February 1934, when she was nearing completion at the ...
Hellcat Fighter aircraft is launched from the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown during the Battle of the Philippines Sea.

One Big Turkey Shoot

By Captain J. S. "Jimmy" Thach and Chief Warrant Officer Cecil King, U.S. Navy (Retired)
June 1994
Two naval aviators who were there on 19–20 June 1944 say “our fighters really had a field day” in the Marianas.