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John L. Sullivan
John L. Sullivan (right) and John S. McCain, Sr. aboard USS Shangri-La (CV-38)

John Lawrence Sullivan (June 16, 1899 – August 8, 1982), Served in the United States Navy and was Assistant Secretary of the Navy (AIR) 1946-47 and the first Department of Defense Secretary of the Navy in the Truman Administration 1947-49. He was appointed to that position upon Secretary Forrestal's installation as the first Secretary of Defense. He resigned in protest after the second Secretary of Defense, Louis A. Johnson, canceled the heavy aircraft carrier United States. This event was part of an interservice conflict known as the Revolt of the Admirals.

Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, he was an alumnus of Dartmouth College.[1]

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Preceded by
Artemus Gates
Assistant Secretary of the Navy (AIR)
July 5, 1945 – June 17, 1946
Succeeded by
John N. Brown
Preceded by
Artemus Gates
Under Secretary of the Navy
June 17, 1946 – September 18, 1947
Succeeded by
W. John Kenney
Preceded by
James V. Forrestal
(cabinet)
United States Secretary of the Navy
(DoD)

September 18, 1947 – May 24, 1949
Succeeded by
Francis P. Matthews
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