Rear Admiral Roy F. Hoffmann, USN (retired)

A Biography

Rear Admiral Roy F. Hoffmann

Rear Admiral Roy F. Hoffmann, a native of Crystal City, Missouri, enlisted in the Naval Reserve on 28 April 1943, and was commissioned from the University of Notre Dame NROTC Unit of 1 June 1946. He advanced through the ranks to Rear Admiral on 1 July 1974.

Rear Admiral Hoffmann served on eight ships during his sea service career. His initial assignment was on USS QUICK (DMS-32) which operated in the Western Pacific during the years 1946/1947. After a brief interruption of service, he reported in August 1950 while minesweeping off Wonson, Korea, USS PIRATE (AM-275) hit a mine and sank in five minutes. The Admiral received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds he received during that enemy action. Returning to sea duty in December 1950, Rear Admiral Hoffmann reported aboard USS HARRY E. HUBBARD (DD-748) as Gunnery Officer and again participated in several deployments through the remainder of Korean hostilities. From July 1953 to August 1955 he served as an instructor in Naval Weapons at the NROTC Unit at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

In September 1955, Rear Admiral Hoffmann returned to sea duty as Aide and Flag Secretary to Commander Destroyer Flotilla TWO and subsequently as Executive Officer of USS LLOYD THOMAS (DDE-764), a ship which was employed primarily as an anti-submarine unit in Atlantic Fleet ASW operations.
In August 1959, Rear Admiral Hoffmann was ordered to duty in the Bureau of Naval Personnel as the Destroyer Placement Officer for the Atlantic Fleet. In July 1961, he assumed the first of four ship commands when he reported aboard USS CROMWELL (DE-1014). During his tour of command, CROMWELL joined ships of South American Navies in Anti-submarine Training in Exercise UNITAS II.

After completing two tours at the Naval War College in November 1965, Rear Admiral Hoffmann assumed command of the Atlantic Fleet Missile Destroyer USS CHARLES F. ADAMS (DDG-2) and remained in command for 27 months. In May 1968, he reported for duty as Commander Coastal Surveillance Force (TASK FORCE 115). As “Market Time” Commander, RADM Hoffman was responsible for the coastal security, harbor defense and inshore raider operations for the Republic of Vietnam. He was one of several senior officers instrumental in the original concept, planning, organization and execution of the highly successful operation SEALORDS. This was a joint and combined naval operation which initiated maximum integration of the Vietnamese Navy and Marine Corps with United States Armed Forces. RADM Hoffmann was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious service against the Viet Cong enemy, the Silver Star Medal and three Bronze Star Medals for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while Commander Task Force 115.

In June 1969, RADM Hoffmann assumed command of USS SIERRA (AD-18), an Atlantic Fleet Destroyer Tender. In recognition of his leadership and SIERRA’S abilities to support the fleet during his command tour, RADM Hoffmann was awarded the Meritorious Service and Navy Commendation Medals. In February 1971, he assumed command of the Guided Missile Frigate USS LEAHY (DLG-16), a ship which achieved a reputation of continued excellence during his tour as Commanding Officer. LEAHY was awarded the Atlantic Fleet Anti-air Warfare Excellence Award for 1972. For his inspirational leadership as Commanding Officer, RADM Hoffmann was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of the second Meritorious Service Medal.

RADM Hoffmann detached from LEAHY in September 1972 and reported to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as Head, Current Plans Branch, and upon selection for Rear Admiral in 1973 he assumed duties as Director, Service Warfare Division.

In November 1974, RADM Hoffmann relieved as Commander Mine Warfare Workforce in Charleston, SC. When that type command was disestablished in July 1975, he became the Commander of the newly organized Mine Warfare Command, with direct responsibility to the Chief of Naval Operations and the Fleet Commanders for all matters concerning Mine Warfare.

In June 1976, he assumed the additional duties of Commandant, SIXTH NAVAL DISTRICT/COMMANDER NAVAL BASE CHARLESTON. In 1976, he assumed duties as COMNAVBASE Charleston/COMSIX upon being relieved as COMINEWARCOM.

In addition to the personal decorations referred to about, RADM Hoffmann wears the Legion of Merit with gold star in lieu of second award, Navy Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation and Vietnamese Navy Distinguished Service Order Second Class Medal. His Campaign and Service medals are: American Campaign, China Service, Navy Occupation (Japan), World War II Victory, National Defense with one star, Korean Service with seven stars, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations, Vietnam Service with four stars, Vietnam Campaign, and Navy Expeditionary (Cuba). RADM Hoffmann holds a BS in chemistry from the University of Nebraska and an MS in International Affairs from George Washington University.

RADM Hoffmann is married to the former Mary Linn Thompson of Bonne Terre, Missouri. They are the parents of five daughters.


The Admiral Roy F. Hoffmann Foundation

The Admiral Roy F. Hoffmann Foundation was initially funded from John O’Neill’s share of the royalties from his 2004 best selling book, Unfit for Command Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry. Mr. O’Neill was entitled to receive nearly $1 million from his co-authorship of the book. He assigned all rights and control of the royalties to endow a foundation to honor Rear Admiral Roy F. Hoffmann, USN, Ret., for his leadership of Task Force 115 in Vietnam (Market Time/Sea Lords forces which included Swift boats); and for his founding and leadership of Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth.

With Mr. O’Neill’s initial donation the Admiral Roy F. Hoffmann Foundation was formed on January 5, 2005, as a nonprofit corporation incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia and regulated by the provisions of United States Code section 501 (C) (3). Subsequently, T. Boone Pickens donated an additional $2 million to the Foundation, and Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth has donated $1,117,880 to the Hoffmann Foundation. The Foundation is a private charity and does not solicit donations from the general public. The Foundation began awarding grants on May 4, 2005. The Foundation Board approved a $50,000 donation to the Vietnam Unit Memorial Fund to honor and help perpetuate the memory of fallen shipmates who are still on patrol from the Vietnam War. Since then, the primary mission of the Foundation has been to honor and assist veterans, predominantly severely wounded veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.

The Board of Directors of the Foundation reviews all grant requests, contacts the proposed recipients and their military points of contact, and directly approves all grants. Grants are awarded on combat circumstances, severity of wounds and financial needs. The Board operates without compensation, so the Admiral Hoffmann Foundation has been able to return over 98 per cent of all funds received back to veterans. All checks are personally delivered by former Swift boat combat personnel (or related veterans), to provide a heartfelt thank you to the wounded warriors for their service to America.

The attitude of the veterans who have sacrificed so much for America is remarkably positive. All are proud to have served; many regret their disabilities do not allow them to return to combat units with their fellow soldiers, sailors and Marines. Foundation grants totaled more than $4,000,000 through May 2009, and 490 grants were awarded directly to severely wounded warriors and their families. Grants generally ranged from $4,000 to $12,000 for the most severely wounded. The average grant was almost $8,000.


Statement From The Board Of Directors

The Admiral Roy F. Hoffmann Foundation has ceased operations as of June, 2009. It has been an extraordinary honor for all of us to work on this most worthy cause. We would like to express our great appreciation to the Army, Marine, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard veterans who have served this country with such courage and honor in the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan and around the world. The recipients of the grants awarded by the Foundation represent the very best of America, and we thank them once again for their service. We will never forget their sacrifices.

The Board would also like to take this opportunity to thank John O'Neill for the generous contribution of his share of the royalties from the best selling book Unfit for Command, which initially funded the Foundation.

We would also like to thank T. Boone Pickens and the Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth for the generous funding which allowed the great work of the Foundation to continue.

Finally, we would like to thank Rear Admiral Roy F. Hoffmann, USN, Ret., for his inspired leadership and dedication; Jack Chenoweth for his dedicated work; Susan Arceneaux for being there since 2004; and the Swift Boat and related veterans who personally delivered checks to the severely wounded recipients of grants.

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