|Thomas Hinman Moorer|
|Wednesday, 25 March 2009 20:15|
Thomas Hinman Moorer
Born: February 9, 1912, Mount Willing, Alabama
Died: February 5, 2004, Bethesda, Maryland
Cause of death: Age.
Notable because: Distinguished military career. An authority in war and its causes and its remedies. Believed that The Israeli attack on the USS Liberty was deliberate and that President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered the cover-up to maintain ties with Israel.
Thomas Hinman Moorer was a U.S. admiral who served as both Chief of Naval Operations and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Moorer was born in Mount Willing, Alabama. His father, a dentist, named his son for his favorite Professor at Atlanta-Southern Dental College, Dr. Thomas Hinman. Dr. Hinman also has the honor of having one of the largest dental meetings in the nation named after him, which is held in Atlanta every March. Moorer was raised in Eufaula, Alabama; and then went on to the U.S. Naval Academy graduating in 1933. After completing Naval Aviation training at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in 1936, he flew with fighter squadrons based on the carriers Langley, Lexington and Enterprise.
Moorer served both as Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet (CINCPAC) and Commander-in-Chief of the Atlantic Fleet — the first Navy officer to have commanded both fleets. He served as the Chief of Naval Operations between 1967 and 1970, at the height of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. He also served as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1970 until 1974.
Moorer believed that the 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty was deliberate and that President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered the cover-up to maintain ties with Israel.
In 1972, Moorer received the Gray Eagle Award, as the most senior active naval aviator, and held it until his retirement in 1974.
Moorer died on February 5, 2004 at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland at age 91. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
The middle school in Eufaula, Alabama is named for Admiral Moorer.
The Tomcat fighter is named in his honor.
He also has been decorated by thirteen foreign governments:
He also has the following special awards:
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