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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Korean War/Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
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November / 1951
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April / 1952

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As 1951 drew to a close, a lull had settled over the battlefield. Fighting tapered off to a routine of patrol clashes, raids, and bitter small-unit struggles for key outpost positions. The lull resulted from Ridgway's decision to halt offensive operations in Korea, because the cost of major assaults on the enemy's defenses would be more than the results could justify. Furthermore, the possibility of an armistice agreement emerging from the recently reopened talks ruled out the mounting of any large-scale offensive by either side. On 21 November Ridgway ordered the Eighth Army to cease offensive operations and begin an active defense of its front. Attacks were limited to those necessary to strengthen the main line of resistance and to establish an adequate outpost line.

In the third week of December the U.S. 45th Division, the first National Guard division to fight in Korea, replaced the 1st Cavalry Division in the I Corps sector north of Seoul. The 1st Cavalry Division returned to Japan.

In the air, U.N. bombers and fighter-bombers continued the interdiction campaign (Operation STRANGLE, which the Far East Air Forces had begun on 15 August 1951) against railroad tracks, bridges, and highway traffic. At sea, naval units of nine nations tightened their blockade around the coastline of North Korea. Carrier-based planes blasted railroads, bridges, and boxcars, and destroyers bombarded enemy gun emplacements and supply depots. On the ground, the 155-mile front remained generally quiet in the opening days of 1952. Later in January the Eighth Army opened a month-long artillery-air campaign against enemy positions, which forced the enemy to dig in deeply. During March and April Van Fleet shifted his units along the front to give the ROK Army a greater share in defending the battle line and to concentrate American fire power in the vulnerable western sector.
   
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January / 1952
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April / 1952
 
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Mar 16, 2020
   
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  140 Also There at This Battle:
  • Amos, Bobby, PO1, (1949-1969)
  • Camp, Paul, LT, (1951-1967)
  • Crecelius, Don, PO3, (1948-1952)
  • Emrich, William, LCDR, (1950-1975)
  • Flynn, Leo, PO1, (1945-1975)
  • Handley, Gilbert, PO2, (1944-1952)
  • Harman, Frederick, CWO4, (1948-1978)
  • Hatchitt, Jack, PO3, (1951-1955)
  • Lacore, Pete, PO3, (1951-1955)
  • Leahy, John Patrick, CAPT, (1947-1979)
  • Muse, Donald, PO3, (1944-1946)
  • Nicewander, Alan, FA, (1951-1953)
  • Pickering jr, Edward h., FR, (1952-1954)
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