Chung-Hoon, Gordon Pai'ea, RADM

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Primary Unit
1957-1959, CNO - OPNAV/Deputy Chief of Naval Operations
Service Years
1934 - 1959
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
Hawaii
Hawaii
Year of Birth
1910
 
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Home Town
Honolulu, HI
Last Address
Honolulu, HI

Date of Passing
Jul 24, 1979
 
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
M 454A

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RADM Chung-Hoon was the first Asian-American to be appointed to and graduate from the US Naval Academy. When he was promoted to Rear Admiral upon his retirement, he became the first Asian-American flag officer of the US Navy.

After his Navy service, Gordon Chucng-Hoon served as the director of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (1/1961-6/1963). He then worked as a realtor.
   
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Navy Cross
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Sigsbee (DD-502)
General Orders: Commander 1st Carrier Task Force Pacific: Serial 0534 (1945)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Commander Gordon Paiea Chung-Hoon, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of this profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. SIGSBEE (DD-502), a unit of an Advanced Picket Group, in action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, on 14 April 1945. Although his ship suffered major damage when struck by an enemy plane and all power was lost, Commander Chung-Hoon coolly carried out defensive maneuvers and directed his anti-aircraft batteries in delivering prolonged and effective fire against the continued heavy enemy air attack. Afterwards, he supervised damage-control procedure which resulted in his ship being made sea-worthy for a safe return to port under its own restored power. Commander Chung-Hoon's gallant fighting spirit, courage and unwavering devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
   
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 Duty Stations
USS Indianapolis (CA-35)USS Arizona (BB-39)US NavyCommander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
USS John W. Thomason (DD-760)USS Norton Sound (AVM-1)CNO - OPNAV
  1934-1936, USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
  1939-1941, USS Arizona (BB-39)
  1944-1945, USS Sigsbee (DD-502)
  1945-1950, Commander, Service Force, Pacific Fleet
  1950-1952, USS John W. Thomason (DD-760)
  1956-1957, USS Norton Sound (AVM-1)
  1957-1959, CNO - OPNAV/Deputy Chief of Naval Operations
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Morotai
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Operation Wonson
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)
  1952-1952 Korean War/Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1931-1934, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93)2
  May 31, 1937, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Aug 01, 1941, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Mar 01, 1943, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Jul 01, 1944, Promoted to Commander
  Jul 01, 1953, Promoted to Captain
  Sep 30, 1959, Promoted to Rear Admiral
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