R 061730Z OCT 22
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC//
SUBJ/PASSING OF GENERAL JOSEPH P. HOAR//
AMPN/REF A IS ALNAV 069/22, PASSING OF GENERAL JOSEPH P. HOAR//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. It is with great sadness that I announce the death of General Joseph P. Hoar, U.S. Marine Corps, retired. General Hoar passed away on 17 September 2022. General Hoar’s family will hold a memorial service on 7 October 2022 at 1000. In accordance with reference a, all ships and stations of the Department of the Navy will half-mast the national ensign on that day.
2. General Hoar was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 1957, after graduating from Tufts University in Medford, MA. After completing The Basic School, Quantico, VA., his first assignment was as a rifle platoon commander in 5th Marines. He subsequently served in 1st Battalion, 1st Marines at Camp Pendleton, CA., and on Okinawa as a battalion staff officer. His first non-fleet Marine Force assignment was at Marine Barracks, Yorktown, VA. Barracks assignments included platoon commander and guard company commander. After a short tour at Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, NC., as Assistant Manpower, Personnel and Administration Officer, he reported to 2d Marine Division. He commanded Company M, 3d Battalion, 2d Marines and served as a battalion and brigade advisor with the Vietnamese Marines.
3. Upon returning to the United States, he reported to Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C. During his three-year tour, he served in operations and as special assistant to the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps. In 1971, he returned overseas where he served as Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines. From 1972 to 1976, General Hoar was assigned as an instructor at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College; he then returned to Headquarters Marine Corps for duty in the personnel management division.
4. In 1977, General Hoar returned to 1st Marine Division as Commanding Officer, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines. Upon relinquishing command of the battalion, he was reassigned briefly to the division staff, where he was promoted to colonel. In 1979, General Hoar once again returned to 1st Marines, serving as Regimental Commanding Officer until April 1981. He then joined 31st Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU) and took command on board USS Belleau Wood in Freemantle, Australia, in June 1981. During the following year, the MAU participated in three Indian Ocean deployments.
5. Upon returning to the United States, General Hoar was assigned to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA., as the Assistant Chief of Staff, Manpower, Personnel and Administration. While serving in this capacity, he was selected in February of 1984 for promotion to brigadier general, and was subsequently assigned to duty as the Assistant Division Commander, 2d Marine Division. The next year, he was ordered to Washington to serve as the Director, Facilities and Services Division, Installations and Logistics Department, Headquarters Marine Corps. He served in this capacity until ordered to Parris Island, SC., in March of 1987 as the Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Commanding General, Eastern Recruiting Region. He was promoted to major general later that year. In the fall of 1988, he reported to United States Central Command and assumed duties as the Chief of Staff. In June 1990, he returned to Headquarters, Marine Corps for duties as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Policies and Operations, and was shortly thereafter appointed to the grade of lieutenant general. On 9 August 1991, General Hoar assumed the duties of Commander, U.S. Central Command, where he served for three years until his retirement.
6. General Hoar earned a masters degree from George Washington University and is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the National War College. His personal decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with Bronze Oakleaf Cluster, Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" and Gold Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with one Gold Star, and 10 Foreign Decorations.
7. General Hoar’s contributions to the Marine Corps are too numerous to list. Serving on the battlefields of Vietnam and Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM, General Hoar was well-respected for his humble and approachable leadership style. He truly set the standard for Marine Corps leaders and, through his varied teaching and training assignments, played a crucial role in shaping the future of our Corps. In his final active duty assignment as Commander, U.S. Central Command, General Hoar directed a number of critical operations, including the enforcement of a naval embargo in the Persian Gulf and Red Sea, enforcement of the southern no-fly zone over Iraq, operations in Kenya and Somalia, and the evacuation of U.S. civilians from Yemen in 1994. After a highly-distinguished career in uniform, General Hoar remained dedicated to our Corps and engaged in matters in the Middle East. He spent his retirement continuing his legacy of serving others and giving back to the country and community he held dear. He was highly admired and respected, and he will be sorely missed.
8. Funeral and burial: a private memorial service to honor the life of General Hoar is scheduled for Friday, 7 October at 1000 at St. James’ Catholic Church in Solana Beach, CA. A private reception will follow at the MCAS Miramar officers club.
9. David H. Berger, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//