Gordon Pai'ea Chung-Hoon

Cutler, Thomas J.
December 2004
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Dec2004, Vol. 130 Issue 12, p94
Conference Proceeding
This article focuses on the courage shown by Gordon Pai' ea Chung-Hoon skipper of the USS Sigsbee (DD-502). The battleship had served well in the war with Japan, downing 20 enemy aircraft while screening the carriers in their march across the Pacific. One of the kamikazes evaded the curtain of antiaircraft fire thrown up by the Sigsbee and the other ships in the area and crashed into the destroyer aft of her number five gun. It was a situation that a sailor of less mettle would have evaluated as hopeless. But Sigsbee's skipper, Gordon Pai' ea Chung-Hoon, a native of Hawaii, was no stranger to battle damage he had been a young lieutenant serving on the USS Arizona (BB-39) on the morning of 7 December 1941. Commander Chung-Hoon continued to serve after the war, ultimately attaining the rank of rear admiral.


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