Retired Navy Rear Adm. Gordon P. Chung-Hoon, 68, former Navy football star and state director of agriculture and conservation during Gov. William F. Quinn's administration, died Tuesday, July 24, 1979, in Tripler Hospital.

Graveside services were held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations in his memory be made to the Cancer Center of Hawaii.

Mr. Chung-Hoon was born in Honolulu. He was the son of the late William Chung-Hoon Jr., former treasurer of the Territory of Hawaii, and Agnes A. Chung-Hoon.

Before attending the Naval Academy, he graduated from Punahou School and attended Severn Park College in Maryland.

While playing for the Navy, Chung-Hoon received national acclaim as the team's triple threat halfback and barefoot punter.

Sports Illustrated featured Mr. Chung-Hoon and 25 other football stars of 1933 in its 1958 Silver Anniversary All-American issue.

As a young Navy Lieutenant , Mr. Chung-Hoon was attached to the USS Arizona at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack December 7, 1941. He was a life member of the USS Arizona Memorial.

During World War II, he was awarded the Silver Star and the Navy Cross for heroism in operations while serving as Commanding Officer of the destroyer USS Sigsbee DD-502, engaged in action against enemy aircraft. He was also a veteran of the Korean War.

In 1959 he retired from the Navy and became state director of agriculture and conservation during the Quinn administration.

He is survived (in 1979) by his wife Jean J., three brothers, Dr. Edwin K., William III. And Harold Chung-Hoon: a sister Mercedes Nobriga of Hilo, Hawaii: a stepson, Perry J. White: and two grandsons.

Borthwick Mortuary assisted with arrangements.


Webmaster's note: Gordon P. Chung-Hoon was admired and respected by all who served under his command on the USS Sigsbee DD-502, May 14, 1944 to June 20, 1945. I took pride when Commander Chung-Hoon occasionally sent an officer to borrow my Gretsch guitar when the Sigsbee anchored near friendly South Pacific Islands.

The Rear Adm Gordon P. Chung-Hoon obituary was copied from "A HISTORY OF THE USS SIGSBEE DD502" By Lyle Buss.

Grave Site photo by Edy Roberts 09/15/04


Webmaster, Billy Roberts shares the same birthday, July 25, with Gordon Chung-Hoon who was 15 years of age the day Billy was born in 1925.