Hoskins, John Madison, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
113X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Special Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1954-1957, COMFLTAIR
Service Years
1921 - 1957
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Home Town
Pineville, KY
Last Address
Falls Church, VA

Date of Passing
Mar 27, 1964
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
4 3022A

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US Navy Retired 30

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Navy Officer Honorable Discharge

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Vice Admiral John Madison Hoskins
"The Peg-Legged Admiral

After graduating from Pineville High School, Hoskins was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy graduating with the Class of 1921, and soon became a naval aviator. He served on the U.S.S. Memphis when Charles Lindbergh and his airplane The Spirit of St .Louis returned to the U.S. after their record-breaking flight across the Atlantic in 1927, and led the search for lost female aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart 10 years later. Captain Hoskins lost his right leg in the World War II action that earned him the Navy Cross, thereby earning the nickname, "The Peg-Legged Admiral." He retired as a U.S. Navy Vice Admiral.

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Navy Cross
Awarded for actions during World War II  
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain John Madison Hoskins, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Prospective Commanding Officer of the Light Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. PRINCETON (CVL-23), when that vessel was hit by a bomb from an enemy aircraft in Philippine waters during the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea, on 24 October 1944. With his ship blazing furiously and rocked by explosions as a result of a Japanese aerial bomb, Captain Hoskins gallantly remained on board, despite suggestions from the Commanding Officer that he leave with all personnel not required for salvage work. Persevering in his heroic efforts to save the PRINCETON, he repeatedly risked his life in a valiant attempt to control the raging flames. His exceptional valor and resolute courage in the face of graver peril served as an inspiration to both his officers and men and upheld the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service.  
General Orders: Commander, 2d Carrier Task Force Pacific. Serial 0959 (January 15, 1945)
Action Date: October 24, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Captain
Company: Commanding Officer Division: U.S.S. Princeton (CVL-23)  

Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Awarded for actions during the Korean War  
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Rear Admiral John Madison Hoskins, United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service to the Government of the United States in a duty of great responsibility as Commander Carrier Division THREE, during operations against enemy aggressor forces in the Korean Area from 27 June to 17 November 1950. Applying tactical skill, aggressive leadership and broad experience to his assigned task, Rear Admiral Hoskins utilized his carrier units and flying squadrons to the greatest extent against the enemy. Establishing and maintaining a high degree of combat readiness, he brought to bear the full measure of fire power of his carrier-based planes to strike heavily at the enemy from the Yalu to the Naktong, and thus provide close air support for ground forces at the Pusan perimeter. In addition, the air landing at Inch'on in September contributed directly to the success of that difficult operation. By his outstanding devotion to duty as exemplified in the excellent performance of forces under his command, Rear Admiral Hoskins rendered distinguished and valuable service, thereby upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.  
General Orders: Board Serial 175 (February 26, 19451) Action
Date: June 27 - November 17, 1950
Service: Navy
Rank: Rear Admiral    

Silver Star
Awarded for actions during the Korean War  
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star (Army Award) to Rear Admiral John Madison Hoskins (NSN: 0-57067), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Commander, Carrier Division THREE, Joint Task Force SEVEN, United Nations Command, in action in the Inchon-Seoul operation during the period 15 September to 21 September 1950. Admiral Hoskins displayed fearless and aggressive leadership while directing his Division, which provided air coverage for the invasion fleet and assault craft and close air support for the landing troops until complete attainment of ground objectives was accomplished. His actions contributed materially to the success of this operation and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.  
General Orders: Headquarters, Far East Command, General Orders No. 51 (October 30, 1950)  
Action Date: September 15 - 21, 1950  
Service: Navy  
Rank: Rear Admiral

Legion of Merit  
Awarded for actions during World War II  
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit to Captain John Madison Hoskins, United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Chief of Staff, Commander Fleet Air Quonset, from June 1943 to September 1944. Serving with distinction in an assignment of vital importance, Captain Hoskins succeeded in preparing training syllabi and schedules for all types of carrier aircraft, supervising the training of officers in landing signal duties and directing the indoctrination and training of carrier aircraft service division personnel. Working in close coordination with other Atlantic Fleet training activities, he developed efficient combat information center teams for new construction carriers and fighter direction officers for Atlantic Fleet ships. His expert professional skill, outstanding leadership and initiative were contributing factors in the development and maintenance of the high operational readiness of carrier air groups and squadrons destined for vital operation from aircraft carriers and reflect the highest credit upon Captain Hoskins and the United States Naval Service.  
Action Date: June 1943 - September 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Captain  
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Arkansas (BB-33)NAS PensacolaVS-6
9th Naval DistrictVS-3VS-4USS Ranger (CV-4)
USS Princeton (CVL-23)USS Princeton (CV-37)Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)
  1921-1922, USS Nevada (BB-36)
  1922-1923, USS Arkansas (BB-33)
  1925-1928, NAS Pensacola
  1931-1931, VS-6
  1934-1934, 9th Naval District
  1936-1936, VS-3
  1937-1937, 9th Naval District
  1937-1937, VS-4
  1938-1939, NAS Pensacola
  1940-1942, USS Ranger (CV-4)
  1943-1944, COMFLTAIR
  1944-1944, USS Princeton (CVL-23)
  1944-1945, Quonset Point, RI, COMFLTAIR
  1945-1946, USS Princeton (CV-37)
  1946-1947, Carrier Division 17 (COMCARDIV 17)
  1948-1950, Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)
  1950-1951, Carrier Division 3 (COMCARDIV 3)
  1954-1957, COMFLTAIR
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1940-1941 Neutrality Operations in the North Atlantic
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1917-1921, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Vice Admiral John Madison Hoskins5
  Cover of LIFE magazine, 14 August 19502
  Jun 03, 1921, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jun 03, 1927, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jun 30, 1937, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Jan 02, 1942, Promoted to Commander
  Jun 30, 1942, Promoted to Captain
  Aug 02, 2020, General Photos1
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  1964, Historical Sailors [Verified]
  2020, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
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