Huntington Hardisty

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Huntington Hardisty
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Admiral Huntington Hardisty
Born(1929-02-03)February 3, 1929
DiedOctober 1, 2003(2003-10-01) (aged 74)
Hartford, Connecticut, US
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1952 - 1991
Commands heldPacific Command
Battles/warsVietnam War
Other workPresident. Kaman Aerospace

Huntington Hardisty (February 3, 1929 – October 1, 2003) was a United States Navy four star admiral who served as Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) from 1987 to 1988; and Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Command (USCINCPAC) from 1988 to 1991.

Hardisty was offered a Major League Baseball contract with the Chicago Cubs but opted for a scholarship to the University of North Carolina. He later transferred to the United States Naval Academy where he played football.[1]

After graduation in 1952, he attended pilot training and earned his wings in 1953.[1]

As a test pilot in 1961, he set a low level speed record in an F4H-1 Phantom II of 900 miles per hour at 125 feet above the ground, a record which remained unbroken for 16 years.[2] The actual F4H-1 'Sageburner' is now in storage at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.[1]

Headstone of Huntington Hardisty at Arlington National Cemetery.

His assignments included command of Carrier Air Wing Eleven, USS Savannah (AOR-4) and USS Oriskany (CVA-34). As a flag officer he was President of the Naval War College, commanded the U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay in the Philippines; commanded Carrier Strike Force Seventh Fleet; and served as Director for Operations, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Deputy and Chief of Staff, United States Pacific Command; Vice Chief of Naval Operations; and Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Command.[1] He also received the Gray Eagle Award.

He was one of the technical directors for the movie Hunt for Red October.[1]

After retiring from the Navy in 1991, he was a board member of several corporations and served as president of Kaman Aerospace International in Connecticut.[1] He belonged to numerous organizations, including the Association of Naval Aviation, and served as chairman of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association.[1]

Admiral Hardisty died on October 1, 2003 in Hartford, Connecticut at the age of 74.[2] He was later interred on December 5, 2003, in Arlington National Cemetery.[1]

Awards and decorations[edit]

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Gold star
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Gold star
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Bronze star
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Naval Aviator Badge
Defense Distinguished Service Medal Navy Distinguished Service Medal with one gold award star
Silver Star Legion of Merit with four award stars and Combat V Distinguished Flying Cross with award star
Meritorious Service Medal Air Medal with gold award numeral 3 and bronze strike/flight numeral 4 Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V and two award stars
Navy Unit Commendation with one bronze service star Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with service star Navy Expeditionary Medal with service star
China Service Medal National Defense Service Medal with two service stars Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with service star
Vietnam Service Medal with seven service stars Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with two service stars Philippine Legion of Honor, Chief Commander
Vietnam Navy Distinguished Service Order, 2nd class Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Vietnam Campaign Medal
Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
United States Pacific Command Badge


Military offices
Preceded by President of the Naval War College
April 1, 1977–October 13, 1977
Succeeded by
Preceded by Vice Chief of Naval Operations
Succeeded by