Famous Arkansan: John Smith Thach

Several well-known people have
roots in Arkansas. The list runs the gamut from Johnny Cash to Jermain Taylor.
Check here as we highlight a new Famous Arkansan each month
. Today,
Meet: John Smith Thach
John Smith Thach ( 1905-1981) was a World War II naval aviator, an air combat tactician, an Admiral in the United States Navy and one of the most influential naval aviators of the mid-twentieth century. He is credited with the creation of the Thach Weave, one of the most significant tactical advances of aerial combat.
He was awarded the Navy Cross and Distinguished Service Medal for developing this tactical maneuver, which remains a standard of military aviation. Thach was born in Pine Bluff and graduated from the US Naval Academy. The guided missile frigate USS Thach was commissioned in his honor in 1984. Rising to full Admiral over the next decade, Admiral Thach was Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe, from March 1965 until shortly before his retirement in May 1967.
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