HOPWOOD, Herbert G., ADM

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111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
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Line Officer
Primary Unit
1958-1960, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
Service Years
1919 - 1960

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He died at St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston, New Jersey at the age of 67, and is buried with his wife in Arlington National Cemetery

Date of Passing
Sep 15, 1966
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Joint Chiefs of Staff US Pacific Command US Navy Retired 30

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Herbert G. Hopwood
Admiral, US Navy

Commander United States Pacific Fleet

Admiral Herbert Gladstone Hopwood (November 23, 1898 - September 15, 1966) was a four-star admiral in the United States Navy who served as commander in chief of the United States Pacific Fleet from 1958 to 1960.

Admiral Hopwood served from WWI until the early years of the Viet-Nam War. He was promoted to vice admiral in 1955 and appointed commander of the First Fleet, then served as deputy chief of naval operations (logistics) from 1957 to 1958.

On February 1, 1958, he was promoted to admiral and appointed commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT), a command that included about 400 ships, half a million men, and 3,000 aircraft. On August 23, the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis erupted when People's Liberation Army forces began shelling Republic of China positions on the disputed islands of Quemoy and Matsu. Hopwood deployed the Seventh Fleet into the Taiwan Strait to help the Nationalist government protect Quemoy's supply lines, as directed by Admiral Harry D. Felt, Commander in Chief, Pacific (CINCPAC).

In January 1960, Hopwood participated in the first public demonstration of a new Navy communications system that used the moon as a radio relay to exchange teletype messages between Hopwood in Hawaii and Chief of Naval Operations Arleigh Burke in Washington, D.C. In June, he hosted President Dwight D. Eisenhower at Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station when the President took a brief holiday in Hawaii following a trip to the Far East. He was relieved by Admiral John H. Sides on August 30, 1960 and retired from the Navy on September 1.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyBureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)USS Cleveland (CL-55)
Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) (Faculty Staff)Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)COMMANDER FIRST FLEET (COMFIRSTFLEET)
  1918-1918, USS New Jersey (BB-16)
  1918-1919, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
  1920-1922, Commander In Chief Asiatic Fleet
  1922-1924, USS Florida (BB-30)
  1924-1926, USS Hopkins (DD-249)
  1926-1927, USS Ramapo (AO-12)
  1927-1928, USS Indianapolis (CL-35)
  1928-1929, USS Hart (DD-110)
  1930-1938, Naval Sea Units
  1938-1939, USS Mahan (DD-364)
  1939-1940, USS Melville (AD-2)
  1940-1941, 4th Naval District
  1942-1944, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1942-1944, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
  1944-1945, USS Cleveland (CL-55)
  1946-1950, Chief of Naval Personnel (CHNAVPERS)
  1950-1952, Division of Fleet Training, Navy Operations, Navy Department
  1952-1953, Commander, Cruiser Division THREE
  1952-1955, Commander, Service Force, Pacific Fleet
  1957-1958, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics) OP-04, DCNO (M,P,T&E)
  1958-1960, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle for Ulithi Atoll
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  1945-1945 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Corregidor
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1915-1919, United States Naval Academy
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  Four Star Admiral Hopwood
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