Rear Admiral Gilbert C. Hoover

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Gilbert Corwin Hoover

Birthdate: (86)
Death: 1980 (86)
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Son of Frederick Maynard Hoover and Elizabeth Florence "Eliza" Hoover

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About Rear Admiral Gilbert C. Hoover

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During World War I he served aboard the battleship U. S. Wyoming in the North Sea. He was present at the surrender of the German High Seas Fleet.

Between the wars he received a degree in metallurgy from Carnegie Institute. He served on several ships on the East and West coasts. In 1929 he was appointed naval aide to President Herbert Hoover.

In 1939 he was appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to the first group in the U.S. government to deal with the theory of nuclear fission. Out of the committee's findings came the massive, top-secret effort in World War II which produced the atomic bomb.

When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor he was on destroyer duty in the North Atlantic. He was soon transferred to the Pacific where he was a destroyer division commander. In early 1942 his ships took part in the Battle of Coral Sea. Soon afterward they were involved in the decisive Battle of Midway.

He was commanding officer of the cruiser U. S. S. Helena in the battles of Cape Esperance and Guadalcanal.

During his career he was awarded the Naval Cross three times. He retired from the Navy in 1947 and became active in civic affairs in Bristol, serving as president of the Town Council.

In 1951 Admiral Hoover returned to government service as a civilian official at the Atomic Energy Commission's Sandia Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Following this he became manager of the AEC's facility in Boulder, Colorado. He returned to Bristol in 1956.

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Rear Admiral Gilbert C. Hoover's Timeline

1894
1894
1980
1980
Age 86