Chung-Hoon, Gordon Pai'ea, RADM

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Primary Unit
1957-1959, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, CNO - OPNAV
Service Years
1934 - 1959
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
Hawaii
Hawaii
Year of Birth
1910
 
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Home Town
Honolulu, HI
Last Address
Honolulu, HI

Date of Passing
Jul 24, 1979
 
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
M 454A

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RADM Chung-Hoon was the first Asian-American to be appointed to and graduate from the US Naval Academy. When he was promoted to Rear Admiral upon his retirement, he became the first Asian-American flag officer of the US Navy.

After his Navy service, Gordon Chucng-Hoon served as the director of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (1/1961-6/1963). He then worked as a realtor.
   
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Navy Cross
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Sigsbee (DD-502)
General Orders: Commander 1st Carrier Task Force Pacific: Serial 0534 (1945)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Commander Gordon Paiea Chung-Hoon, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of this profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. SIGSBEE (DD-502), a unit of an Advanced Picket Group, in action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, on 14 April 1945. Although his ship suffered major damage when struck by an enemy plane and all power was lost, Commander Chung-Hoon coolly carried out defensive maneuvers and directed his anti-aircraft batteries in delivering prolonged and effective fire against the continued heavy enemy air attack. Afterwards, he supervised damage-control procedure which resulted in his ship being made sea-worthy for a safe return to port under its own restored power. Commander Chung-Hoon's gallant fighting spirit, courage and unwavering devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
   
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  1950-1952, USS John W. Thomason (DD-760)

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August / 1950

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March / 1952

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Commander

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USS John W. Thomason (DD-760)
Hull number DD-760

Type
Surface Vessels

Existing/Disbanded
Decommissioned

Parent Unit
Surface Vessels

Strength
Destroyer

Created/Owned By
Not Specified
   

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USS John W. Thomason (DD-760)

Grillo, Raymond Clodobaldo, PO2, (1950-1956) BM Other Service Rank
McHenry, Donald, PO1, (1946-1950) 00 00E Petty Officer First Class
Garrett, Kenneth, MCPO, (1952-1980) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Williams, Jeff, PO3, (1951-1955) 00 Petty Officer Third Class
Tubbs, Van, S1c, (1951-1955) EN EN-0000 Seaman First Class
Goehring, Luther, PO2, (1952-1956) HN HN-0000 Hospitalman

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