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 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. 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 two 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]

Awards and decorations[edit]

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Bronze oak leaf cluster
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Bronze star
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JPN Kyokujitsu-sho blank BAR.svg Gugseon Security Medal Ribbon.png Order of Resplendent Banner with Grand Cordon ribbon.png
Vietnam gallantry cross-w-palm-3d.svg
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Naval Aviator Badge
Defense Distinguished Service Medal with 1 bronze oak leaf cluster Navy Distinguished Service Medal with 2 gold award stars
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 National Security Merit Gukseon Medal, 2nd Class (Republic of Korea) Order of the Cloud and Banner with Grand Cordon, 2nd Grade (Republic of China)
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 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