Hoch, John, Jr., CAPT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1980-1982, 135X, E2C GRP 2 CAT 1 R/PILOT
Service Years
1949 - 1982

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Home State
New York
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Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Brooklyn, NY
Last Address
Birth: Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn) New York
Death: Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Date of Passing
Dec 27, 2013
Location of Interment
U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Columbarium

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club

 Military Association Memberships
Annapolis Chapter
  1953, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association, Annapolis Chapter (Supply Officer) (Annapolis, Maryland) - Chap. Page

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Last Known Activity
Captain John "Jack" Emerson Hoch, Jr., USN (Ret.)

Captain "Jack" Hoch was born on 13 April 1929 in Brooklyn, NY, to Captain John Emerson Hoch, USN (Ret.) and Alice Miller Hoch. In 1947, Jack graduated from Moorestown Friends School in Moorestown, NJ.

After two uninspiring years as a civilian at Rutgers University, Jack excitedly accepted an appointment to USNA in 1949. Commissioned on June 5, 1953, he became a naval aviator in January 1955. His distinguished career involved service with Patrol Squadrons Three and Seven, Air Antisubmarine Squadron 34, Heavy Attack Squadron One and as CO of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 122. He qualified in 18 types of Navy airplanes and served ship's company tours in USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) as Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer and in USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) as "Air Boss." Jack later assumed command of USS MISSISSINEWA (AO-144), then served on COMNAVSURFLANT and COMSERVGRU TWO staffs, ultimately acceding to command as COMSERVRON TWO in Mayport, FL. Jack's final tour returned him to aviation as E-2C program Project Manager.

Jack's educational thirst was manifested by his MS degree in aeronautical engineering at the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA; graduating from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, 1965; completing the Senior Executives Course in the Sloan School of Management at MIT; and completing the 
Navy's Senior Officers Ship Material Readiness Course at the Nuclear Power Training Unit at Idaho Falls.

Jack received numerous awards and recognition throughout his career, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Navy Commendation Medal w/one star, among many others. Jack especially loved Navy Air, including the tight-knit squadron camaraderie.

Those working for Jack universally respected his "firm but fair" leadership style and truly enjoyed serving with him. He took personal interest in his subordinates, resulting in their always giving him their best effort. Jack said that, if he could relive his career, he would do so in a heartbeat.

On 1 August 1982, Jack retired from his beloved Navy, settling in Annapolis, and remained active with the Class of '53, supporting Navy sports and football in particular.
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1949, US Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD), 1953
 Duty Stations
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)School Assignments - StaffVP-3 Screaming EaglesVP-7 Black Falcons
VS-34 Proud TigersNaval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)RVAH-1 Smokin' TigersUSS Independence (CV-62)
USS Enterprise (CVN-65)VAW-122 SteeljawsUSS America (CVA-66)USS Mississinewa (AO-144)
Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)US Navy
  1949-1953, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1953-1955, 6302, Naval Flight School
  1955-1958, 131X, VP-3 Screaming Eagles
  1958-1959, 131X, VP-7 Black Falcons
  1959-1961, 131X, VS-34 Proud Tigers
  1961-1963, 131X, Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
  1963-1965, 131X, RVAH-1 Smokin' Tigers
  1966-1967, 131X, USS Independence (CV-62)
  1967-1968, 131X, USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
  1969-1970, 131X, VAW-122 Steeljaws
  1969-1970, 131X, USS America (CVA-66)
  1975-1976, 111X, USS Mississinewa (AO-144)
  1976-1978, 111X, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)
  1978-1980, 111X, Commander, Service Forces, Atlantic Fleet (COMSERVLANT)/COMSERVGRU 2
  1980-1982, 135X, E2C GRP 2 CAT 1 R/PILOT
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1973 Vietnam War
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
 Colleges Attended 
Rutgers UniversityUnited States Naval AcademyNaval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CANaval War College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  1947-1949, Rutgers University
  1949-1953, United States Naval Academy
  1961-1963, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  1964-1965, Naval War College
  1974-1974, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  1978-1978, Navy Command and Staff College
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