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Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1945, 111X, Prisoner of War
Service Years
1917 - 1947
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Steven Loomis (SaigonShipyard), IC3 to remember HOEFFEL, Kenneth, RADM USN(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Born in Oconto, raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin
Last Address
District Of Columbia

Date of Passing
Apr 03, 1971
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 5 Site 46

 Official Badges 

Presidential Service Badge US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Rear Admiral Kenneth Mortimer Hoeffel, USN (Ret.)
Naval Aide, Liasion to the White House for Presidents Coolidge and Hoover
Navy Cross 1941, Army Distinguished Service Medal 1942
Prisoner of Japan (POW) 1942-1945

The Philippine Sea Frontier (PHILSEAFRON) was a United States Navy Sea Frontier active in 1941, and reformed in 1944.

(Naval Coastal Frontier until 6 February 1942) Inactive from 6 May 1942 to 13 November 1944)
Rear Admiral Francis W. Rockwell: 7 December 1941--18 March 1942. 
Captain Kenneth M. Hoeffel: 18 March 1942--6 May 1942. Captured by the Japanese at Corrigador. Held as a POW from 1942 to 1945. 

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Headquarters of the Commander in Chief
Navy Department,  Washington, D.C.


May 6, 1942 



The Navy Department today issued the following communique, based on reports received up to 3 p. m. 

X Far East X 1 X Several messages from the Navy personnel at Corregidor were received in the Navy Department this morning X Just before the fall of this small island fortress which these men have helped to defend so gallantly, the commander of the naval forces at Corregidor, Capt. Kenneth M. Hoeffel, U. S. N., joined his officers and men in sending a last message of loyalty, devotion, and good cheer to their country, their families and their friends X 2 X  Captain Hoeffel reported that the mine sweeper Tanager, and the river gunboat Oahu had been sunk by enemy gunfire from Bataan and that the mine sweeper Pigeon had been sunk by bombers X The river gunboat, Luzon, and the mine sweeper, Quail, were severely damaged by gunfire and were sunk by U. S. forces when capture appeared imminent X All local small craft in the vicinity were demolished by our forces X 3 X When Corregidor fell, there were approximately 175 officers and 2,100 men of the Navy, and 70 officers and 1,500 men of the Marine Corps in the defending forces X Col. Samuel L. Howard is the senior officer of the Marine Corps personnel on the island X It is assumed that all of these officers and men have been captured and will be held as prisoners of war X 4 X So far as is known no casualties resulted from any of the above sinkings X 5 X There is nothing to report from other areas XX MESSAGE REPEATS XX

Mr. Hoeffel was medically retired, due to a physical disability, after thirty years of active duty in 1947 with the rank of Rear Admiral, and with a full retirement in 1953. In 1949 the Admiral applied for service with the CIA in Washington. 
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)US NavyUS Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)NROTC (Faculty Staff)
USS Lexington (CV-2)Pearl Harbor Naval Ship YardPrisoner of War
  1917-1919, 111X, Commander, Destroyers, Atlantic Fleet, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
  1920-1922, 111X, USS Osmond Ingram (APD-35)
  1922-1923, 111X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1924-1925, 111X, USS Concord (CL-10)
  1925-1927, 111X, USS Omaha (CL-4)
  1928-1930, 111X, The White House
  1930-1931, 111X, Philadelphia
  1932-1933, 111X, USS Whitney (AD-4)
  1933-1934, 111X, USS King (DD-242)
  1934-1935, 111X, Northwestern University NROTC (Cadre)
  1935-1937, 111X, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1938-1939, 111X, Pearl Harbor Naval Ship Yard
  1940-1941, 111X, USS Asheville (PG-21)
  1941-1942, USS Mindanao (PR-8)
  1942-1942, 111X, Commander, Philippine Sea Frontier (COMPHILSEAFRON)
  1942-1942, 111X, 16th Naval District
  1942-1945, 111X, Prisoner of War
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1913-1917, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Newspaper accounts on capture and release as a POW1
  Sep 18, 1942, News Release, Officer held Prisoner of Japanese
  Jul 19, 2016, General Photos1
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