Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. (1920-2000)


Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., of Arlington, Virginia, was a retired Admiral with the United States Navy and a former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Born on November 29, 1920, in San Francisco, California, Admiral Zumwalt graduated from the United States Naval Academy and became both the youngest four-star admiral in history and the youngest person ever to serve as Chief of Naval Operations. He was Commander of United States Naval Forces in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970, where he served with his son, Naval Officer Elmo Zumwalt III. In 1988, Admiral Zumwalt's son died of cancer related to contact with Agent Orange in Vietnam. My Father, My Son was co-authored in 1986 by Admiral Zumwalt and his late son and is an account of their Vietnam experiences and the tragedy that resulted. Admiral Zumwalt retired from the Navy in 1974 and served as a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. He was a Director of a number of corporations, including Dallas Semiconductor, Magellan Aerospace and NL Industries. He was a founder of and served as Chairman of the Marrow Foundation. He also was a member of the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation, the Ethics and Public Policy Center, the Hudson Institute, and the Council of Foreign Relations. In 1998, the President of the United States awarded Admiral Zumwalt the Medal of Freedom, the nation�s highest civilian honor; that same year, the President appointed the Admiral to the Presidential Special Oversight Board for Department of Defense Investigations of Gulf War Chemical and Biological Incidents.
Admiral Zumwalt passed away on January 2, 2000.
He was a patriot and a gentleman.
On April 4, 2000, at a Board meeting held at the White House Conference Center, Washington, DC, the Board passed a motion dedicating the Board�s Final Report to the memory of Admiral Elmo "Bud" Zumwalt, Jr. On July 4, 2000, President William Jefferson Clinton announced that the Navy will honor
Navy Adm. Elmo R. "Bud" Zumwalt, Jr., by naming its 21st Century Land Attack Destroyer (DD 21) after him. Appropriately, this class of 32 future warships will embody Zumwalt's visionary leadership and well-known reputation as a Navy reformer.