USS CHUNG-HOON DDG-93
OCT. 10, 2000 NAVY NAMES DESTROYER TO HONOR REAR ADMIRAL CHUNG-HOON
Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig has announced the decision to name the 43rd. ship of the Arleigh Burke class of guided missile destroyers, "Chung-Hoon" (DDG-93). The name Chung-Hoon will honor Navy Rear Adm. Gordon P. Chung-Hoon, born in Honolulu, Hawaii, July 10, 1910. He is the recipient of the Navy Cross and Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary heroism as commanding officer for the USS Sigsbee DD-502. In the Spring of 1945, Sigsbee assisted in the destruction of 20 enemy planes while screening a carrier strike force off the Japanese island of Kyushu. On April 14, 1945, while on radar picket station off Okinawa, a kamikaze crashed into Sigsbee, reducing her starboard engine to five knots and knocking out the ships port engine and steering control. Despite the damage, then-Cmdr. Chung-Hoon valiantly kept his anti-aircraft batteries delivering "prolonged and effective fire" against the continuing enemy air attack while simultaneously directing the damage control efforts that kept the Sigsbee afloat. He retired in 1959 and died in July 1979. Danzig said, "The destroyer 'Chung-Hoon' commemorates a triumph of the human spirit. Cmdr. (late Rear Adm.) Chung-Hoon secured two victories by his courage and tenacity in the face of catastrophic damage to his own ship. The officers and crew of DDG-93 will proudly serve on a ship that bears this name."
This was given to all of those in attendance at the 2000 Sigsbee Reunion in Virginia Beach to Commemorate the Navy's announcement of the naming of the USS CHUNG-HOON.
January 14, 2002 A.J. Politz attends the keel laying representing all the SIGSBEE crew members.
DDG-93 MOTTO and CREST Destroyer Division 31 Emblem
"Destroyermen have always been
proud people. They have been the elite. They have to be proud people and they have to be
specially selected, for destroyer life is a rugged one. It takes stamina to stand up to
the rigors of a tossing destroyer. It takes even more spiritual stamina
to keep going with enthusiasm when you are tired, and you feel that you and your ship are
being used as a workhorse. It is true that many people take destroyers for granted and
that is all the more reason why the destroyer Captains can be proud of their
- Admiral Arleigh Burke
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