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111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
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Line Officer
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1967-1971, 000X, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
Service Years
1934 - 1971

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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Admiral John J. Hyland
09/01/1912 -- 10/25/1998
Res: Kailua, HI, Plot: CT1-A500513

Date of Passing
Oct 25, 1998
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Official Badges 

US Pacific Command US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge

 Military Association Memberships
Navy League of the United States
  1966, Navy League of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Adm. John Hyland, 86, Dies; Championed Naval Air Power

Adm. John Joseph Hyland Jr., a veteran test pilot and champion of naval air power who commanded the American armada off Indochina at the height of the Vietnam War, died last Sunday at a hospice in Honolulu. He was 86 and lived in Honolulu.

President Lyndon B. Johnson went over the heads of 72 rear admirals senior to Admiral Hyland by naming him commander of the Seventh Fleet at the end of 1965, with a promotion to vice admiral. The choice reflected Admiral Hyland's long experience with carrier-based aerial combat and the President's campaign to bomb North Vietnam into submission.

The Seventh Fleet was heavily involved in providing cover and support for American ground troops in the Vietnam War. To sap Vietcong supply lines, the fleet in 1967 mined North Vietnamese rivers from the air and shelled roads in North Vietnam from cruisers and destroyers just offshore.

In September 1967, Mr. Johnson promoted Admiral Hyland to commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet, in Honolulu. The Admiral also received his fourth star and a Distinguished Service Medal for ''outstanding leadership, astute judgment and foresight in directing the complex and manifold operations of the Seventh Fleet in support of our national objectives in the Western Pacific.''

A ''Navy brat,'' John Hyland Jr. was born in Philadelphia and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1934. He completed training as a naval aviator in 1937, and, with the outbreak of World War II, was assigned to patrol duty in the Philippines, the Netherlands East Indies and in the retreat to Australia.

Admiral Hyland won the Distinguished Flying Cross for ''extraordinary flying achievement'' and heroism in the rescue of a downed British flyer in the Malucca Sea in 1942. He served for 16 months as the personal pilot of the Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Ernest J. King.

As commander of an air group on the carrier Intrepid, Admiral Hyland was awarded a Silver Star, a fourth Air Medal and a second Distinguished Flying Cross. The citations describe his leadership and courage during low-level combat raids and the final missions over the Japanese home islands at the end of the war.

Admiral Hyland did two stints as a test pilot in the late 1940's and 1950's before taking command of the carrier Saratoga. Just before he assuming his duties at the Strategic Plans Division in Washington, he commanded a carrier task force.

As head of the Pacific Fleet, Admiral Hyland played central roles in two painful episodes in the Navy's history: the investigations of the capture and detention by North Korean patrol boats of the intelligence ship Pueblo in January 1968, and the explosion that killed and maimed scores of sailors aboard the carrier Enterprise during bombing practice just months later.

He retired on Jan. 1, 1971.

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Internment: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Admiral USN, John J. Hyland
09/01/1912 -- 10/25/1998
next to his wife
Captain, USA, Florence (Whiting) Hyland
04/27/1914 -- 02/16/1990
Res: Kailua, HI, Plot: CT1-A500513
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
CNO - OPNAVUS NavyFleet Readiness Center Western Pacific (FRCWP)Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO), CNO - OPNAV
USS Intrepid (CV-11)NTPS - Navy Test Pilot SchoolUSS Saratoga (CV-60)USS Forrestal (CVA-59)
Carrier Division 4 (COMCARDIV 4)Commander Amphibious Force, US Seventh FleetCommander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1934-1937, CNO - OPNAV
  1937-1938, 154X, Commander, Naval Bases, South Pacific
  1939-1941, 154X, Fleet Readiness Center Western Pacific (FRCWP)
  1941-1942, 154X, Fleet Readiness Center Western Pacific (FRCWP)
  1942-1944, 154X, Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO), CNO - OPNAV
  1944-1945, USS Intrepid (CV-11)
  1946-1950, 154X, NTPS - Navy Test Pilot School
  1951-1957, NTPS - Navy Test Pilot School
  1958-1959, USS Saratoga (CV-60)
  1962-1963, USS Forrestal (CVA-59)
  1962-1965, 113X, Carrier Division 4 (COMCARDIV 4)
  1965-1967, CNO - OPNAV
  1965-1967, Commander Amphibious Force, US Seventh Fleet
  1967-1971, 000X, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
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United States Naval Academy
  1930-1934, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jan 01, 1970, Foreign Awards6
  Oct 25, 1998, Obituary: Adm. John J. Hyland dies
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