Thomas B. Hayward

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Thomas B. Hayward
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Admiral Thomas B. Hayward, 22nd Chief of Naval Operations
Born (1924-05-03) May 3, 1924 (age 91)
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 Distinguished Flying Cross
Legion of Merit
Air Medal (10)

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. He is a 1947 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.[2] Hayward’s career began on the USS Antietam (CV-36), he attended flight training in Pensacola, Florida, and received his wings in July 1950. From the decks of the USS Essex (CV-9) and USS Valley Forge (CV-45), he accumulated 146 combat missions over Korea[1] and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross,[3] ten Air Medals, and three Navy Commendation Medals with Combat "V". During the Vietnam War, Hayward flew 36 missions, receiving the Legion of Merit and three Air Medals

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

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.

Admiral Hayward is one of the senior signatories of the March 31, 2009 letter urging the president to maintain the controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "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. Retrieved 24 January 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ "History". Commander, U.S. 7th fleet. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
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Military offices
Preceded by
James L. Holloway III
United States Chief of Naval Operations
Succeeded by
James D. Watkins