Thomas B. Hayward

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Thomas B. Hayward
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Admiral Thomas B. Hayward, 21st Chief of Naval Operations
Born (1924-05-03) May 3, 1924 (age 93)
Glendale, California
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1948–1982
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg Admiral
Commands held Chief of Naval Operations
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3) with Combat V
Distinguished Flying Cross

Admiral Thomas Bibb Hayward (born May 3, 1924) was Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) for the United States Navy from July 1, 1978, until June 30, 1982,[1] after which he retired from military service. Shortly after the commencement of World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy V-5 aviation program and was called to active duty as a naval aviation cadet in 1943, anticipating that he would shortly be flying combat in the South Pacific. However, when roughly halfway through the flight training syllabus, he competed for and was accepted to attend the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, to position himself for a career in the U.S. Navy at war's end. He graduated from the Academy in July, 1947 and was assigned to the USS Antietam (CV-36) as an engineering officer. United States Naval Academy.[2] USS Antietam (CV-36), In 1949 he returned to flight training at Pensacola, Florida,and received his United States Naval Aviator wings in July 1950. The Korean War having begun, then as Lieutenant junior grade, he reported to Fighter Squadron Fifty-One (VF-51) and flew from the decks of the USS Essex (CV-9) and USS Valley Forge (CV-45), accumulating 146 combat missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross,[3] ten Air Medals, and two Navy Commendation Medals with Combat "V" for Valor.

Following his Korean tour, he became a Navy test pilot, a lead instructor in the forerunner to Top Gun, and Commanding Officer of Fighter Squadron One Hundred Three (VF-103), in addition to attending the Naval War College in 1958. In 1965-66, as Commander Carrier Air Wing ten (CW-10), he flew 36 combat missions in Vietnam,flying from the deck of USS Intrepid (CV-11) receiving the Legion of Merit and three Air Medals. In 1967 he attended the National War College and obtained a master's degree in Foreign Affairs from George Washington University. As Captain, Hayward returned to Vietnam as Commanding Officer USS Graffias (AF-29) and later as Commanding Officer USS America (CVA-66) for which he was awarded the Legion of Merit.

Before his appointment as CNO, the admiral had tours of duty as:

As Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Hayward is best remembered for his "Pride in the Navy" priority; the emphasis on rebuilding readiness of both active and reserve forces; restoring priority in Mine Warfare; and his success in the zero tolerance "Not in my Navy" drug program.

In 1981, he was awarded the Society of Experimental Test Pilots James H. Doolittle Award. In January 2007, the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association announced Admiral Thomas B. Hayward as one of four recipients of its 2007 Distinguished Graduate Award.

Later career[edit]

Since retirement, his primary efforts have been in the field of education where he has helped co-found companies focused on reading and math solutions K-12, masters and doctorates in education, and both domestic and international distance learning for college and higher ed. He also serves on the board of advisors of the Code of Support Foundation, a nonprofit military services organization.[6]

Awards and decorations[edit]

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Bronze oak leaf cluster
 1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg
"V" device, gold.svg 1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg
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Bronze star
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JPN Kyokujitsu-sho blank BAR.svg Order of the Cloud and Banner 2nd.gif Gugseon Security Medal Ribbon.png
Vietnam gallantry cross-w-palm-3d.svg
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d.svg
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg
Naval Aviator Badge
Defense Distinguished Service Medal with 1 bronze oak leaf cluster Navy Distinguished Service Medal with 1 gold award star
Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal Legion of Merit with Combat V and 2 award stars Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Medal with two silver award stars and bronze strike/flight numeral 3 Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V and award star Navy Unit Commendation with two bronze service stars
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation China Service Medal American Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal Navy Occupation Service Medal National Defense Service Medal with 1 service star
Korean Service Medal with 4 service stars Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal with 8 service stars
Order of the Rising Sun (Japan) Order of the Cloud and Banner with Grand Cordon, 2nd Grade (Republic of China) Order of National Security Merit Gukseon Medal, 2nd Class (Republic of Korea)
National Order of Vietnam Knight Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm Korean Presidential Unit Citation
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation United Nations Korea Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal
Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge


  1. ^ a b "Admiral Thomas B. Hayward". US Navy. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Thomas B. Hayward". US Naval Academy. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Thomas B. Hayward". Distinguished Flying Cross Society. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Pacific Fleet Commanders". US Pacific Fleet. Archived from the original on December 7, 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "History". Commander, U.S. 7th fleet. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Code of Support Foundation advisory board". Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
Military offices
Preceded by
James L. Holloway III
United States Chief of Naval Operations
Succeeded by
James D. Watkins