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Admiral Thomas Bibb Hayward (born May 3, 1924) was Chief of Naval Operations for the United States Navy from July 1, 1978, until June 30, 1982,[1] after which he retired from military service.

Thomas B. Hayward
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Admiral Thomas B. Hayward, 21st Chief of Naval Operations
Born (1924-05-03) May 3, 1924 (age 95)
Glendale, California, U.S.
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1942–1982
Commands heldChief of Naval Operations
United States Pacific Fleet
United States Seventh Fleet
USS America (CVA-66)
USS Graffias (AF-29)
Carrier Air Wing Ten
Battles/warsWorld War II
Korean War
Vietnam War
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3) with Combat V
Distinguished Flying Cross


Naval careerEdit

Shortly after the commencement of World War II, Hayward 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 United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, to position himself for a career in the U.S. Navy at war's end.[2] He graduated from the Academy in July 1947, and was assigned to the USS Antietam (CV-36) as an engineering officer. In 1949, he returned to flight training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, and received his United States Naval Aviator wings in July 1950. The Korean War having begun, as a lieutenant junior grade, he reported to VF-51 and flew from the decks of the aircraft carriers USS Essex (CV-9) and USS Valley Forge (CV-45), flying 146 combat missions, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross,[3] seven Air Medals, and two Navy Commendation Medals with Combat "V" for Valor.

Following his Korean tour, Hayward became a Navy test pilot, a lead instructor in the forerunner to the Navy Fighter Weapons School, also known as TOPGUN, and Commanding Officer of VF-103. He also attended 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 a captain, Hayward returned to Vietnam as Commanding Officer of the USS Graffias (AF-29) and later as Commanding Officer of the USS America (CVA-66),[1] for which he was awarded the Legion of Merit.

Hayward then had tours of duty as commander of the United States Seventh Fleet from 1975 to 1976,[4] and then Commander in Chief of the United States Pacific Fleet from August 12, 1976 to May 9, 1978.[5]

As Chief of Naval Operations, 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.

Corporate career and retirementEdit

Since retirement from the Navy, 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 decorationsEdit


  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. Archived from the original on 21 September 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  4. ^ "History". Commander, U.S. 7th fleet. Archived from the original on 20 April 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  5. ^ "U.S. Pacific Fleet Commanders". US Pacific Fleet. Archived from the original on December 7, 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  6. ^ "Code of Support Foundation advisory board". Retrieved 5 June 2017.
Military offices
Preceded by
James L. Holloway III
Chief of Naval Operations
Succeeded by
James D. Watkins