Hoff, Alan N, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
6302-LDO Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Limited Duty Officer
Primary Unit
1951-1952, 6302, VF-111 Sundowners
Service Years
1945 - 1952
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Los Angeles, CA
Last Address
La Mesa, CA

Casualty Date
Mar 11, 1952
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Korea, North
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Last Known Activity

Lieutenant Junior Grade Hoff was the pilot of a F9F-2P Pantherjet photographic fighter with Detachment H, Composite Squadron 61, aboard carrier USS VALLEY FORGE (CV-45). On March 11, 1952, while on a photographic mission 13 miles west of Jangdok, North Korea, his aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire, crashed and exploded. His remains were not recovered.
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 466541

Silver Star
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant, Junior Grade Alan N. Hoff (NSN: 0-466541), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as pilot of an unarmed jet photographic reconnaissance plane attached to Composite Squadron SIXTY-ONE (VC-61), and serving with Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED ELEVEN (VF-111), embarked in U.S.S. VALLEY FORGE (CV-45), during an important and dangerous mission taking aerial photographs of concentrated anti-aircraft gun positions that were located on the vital main rail line located west of Yangdok, North Korea on 11 March 1952. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Hoff flew his plane at a dangerously low altitude on a straight course while taking the pictures, thereby denying him the advantage of using evasive tactics. He was taken under a withering and accurate cross fire by automatic and radar controlled heavy anti-aircraft guns, and even after receiving severe damage to his plane he continued on course through the increasing barrage of deadly flak. A few moments later his plane received additional hits, mortally wounding him. The plane rolled over and dived into the side of a mountain exploding upon impact. His complete disregard for his own safety and courageous devotion to duty reflects the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Board Serial 316 (May 2, 1953)
Action Date: March 11, 1952
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
Battalion: Fighter Squadron 111 (VF-111)
Division: U.S.S. Valley Forge (CV-45)
 
   
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 Duty Stations
VP-61 World RecordersUSS Valley Forge (CV-45)VF-111 Sundowners
  1946-1951, 6302, VP-61 World Recorders
  1950-1952, 6302, USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
  1951-1952, 6302, VF-111 Sundowners
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)
  1950-1951 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)
  1951-1951 Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)
  1951-1952 Korean War/Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Jul 16, 1948, Promoted to Lieutenant (junior grade)
  Mar 11, 1952, Korean War Casualties
  Mar 11, 1952, Korean War Casualty Listing
  Oct 14, 2017, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
The National Gold Star Family RegistryKorean War FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2017, Korean War Fallen
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2017, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
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