Rear Admiral Roy Francis Hoffman, USN (Retired)
Rear Admiral Roy Francis Hoffmann
Rear Admiral Roy Francis Hoffmann, a native of Crystal
City, Missouri, enlisted in the Naval Reserve on 28 April 1943, and was
commissioned from the
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
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 that 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
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, Surface Warfare Division.
In November 1974, RADM Hoffmann relieved as Commander Mine Warfare Workforce in
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.
RADM Admiral Hoffman retired on
1 September 1978 ending a career spanning 35 years and three wars.
In addition to the personal decorations referred to above, 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 (
RADM Hoffmann is married to the former Mary Linn Thompson of