Admiral James L. Holloway III, USN (Ret.), 97, died on 26 November 2019 in Alexandria, VA. Born in Charleston, SC, the son of James L. Holloway Jr.  and Jean Gordon Hagood, “Jim” was a member of the wrestling team and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1942 with the wartime-accelerated Class of 1943.

A full honors military funeral will take place in the Naval Academy Chapel at 1000 on Wednesday, 18 December. Burial in the Naval Academy Cemetery will follow. All who wish to honor ADM Holloway's memory and pay their respects to his family are invited to attend.

Funeral details: Overview: The funeral service for former Chief of Naval Operations Admiral James L. Holloway III will be held at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel, Annapolis, MD, on Wednesday, 18 December 2019 at 10 a.m. Chapel doors will open at 8 a.m. The Chapel service will be followed by a brief committal service at the nearby Academy cemetery, and then a reception hosted by the Holloway family for all guests at nearby Alumni Hall. Those wishing to pay their respects to Admiral Holloway may attend the funeral service and reception in accordance with guidance below:

a. Every funeral guest must go through security screening when entering the US Naval Academy and will be required to show a government-issued ID (military ID, driver’s license, passport, etc.).
b. There is very limited parking available on the Naval Academy Yard for the service, guests are asked to park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (directions below). Parking will be free by mentioning funeral attendance.
c. Shuttle buses from Towne Transport will stage near the Blue Angel jet on display in the Blue parking area on the west side of the stadium.
d. Shuttle buses will run continuously from 8:30 to 10 a.m. to transport guests to the Academy's Alumni Hall where guests will go through security screening before walking to the nearby Chapel. Guests with mobility issues will be assisted in getting to the Chapel.
e. Pedestrian guests may walk into the Academy from Annapolis at any of the several gates, once again showing a government-issued ID.
f. Following the Chapel service, approximately 11 a.m.,  there will be a formal military procession on foot (approx. 3/4 mile) to the cemetery. Transportation will be provided to the cemetery for those who need that option. After the brief graveside committal service, there will be a Holloway family-hosted reception for all guests in the Bo Coppedge Room (2nd  floor) at Alumni Hall, located between the Chapel and cemetery.
g. Shuttle buses will be available to take guests back to stadium parking after the service and after the reception.
h. Guests of three-star rank and above should contact the USNA Protocol Specialist (Ann McConnell at for guidance.

Directions: to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Ave, Annapolis, MD
1.       From Rte. 50, take exit 24, MD-70 / Rowe Blvd.
2.       Continue on MD-70 S/Rowe Blvd. to Taylor Ave.
3.       Turn right on Taylor Ave and follow signs to "Blue" parking.  Enter at Gate 5. Tell attendant you are a guest for the Holloway funeral.
4.       Shuttle buses from Towne Transport will load near the Blue Angel jet, just up the hill from the parking area gate.
5.       In case of inclement weather, there is a small bus shelter, or remain in your car until a shuttle bus arrives.

During his 36 years of active duty, he was under direct enemy fire in three wars—World War II as a destroyer gunnery officer; Korea as a fighter pilot; and Vietnam as commanding officer of USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) and later commander, 7th Fleet.

As the 20th Chief of Naval Operations (1974-1978), he was a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter. During his tenure as CNO, at the height of the Cold War, he was directly involved in policy guidance for Soviet negotiations in the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks.

Among his numerous awards and decorations are: the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (2), Navy Distinguished Service Medal (4), Legion of Merit (2), Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with Combat V, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V, Air Medal (3), French Legion of Honor, German Grand Cross of the Order of Merit and the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun (2).

After retiring from the Navy in 1978, he served as chairman of the DoD’s Special Operations Review Group investigating the aborted 1980 Iranian hostage rescue attempt; president of The Council of American-Flag Ship Operators (1980-1988); executive director of the President's Task Force on Combating Terrorism; Special Envoy to the Middle East; commissioner on the President's Blue Ribbon (Packard) Commission for Defense Management; the Commission for Merchant Marine and Defense; and the Department of Defense Commission for a Long Term Integrated Strategy.

He served as president/chairman of many boards, including the Naval Historical Foundation; the Naval Academy Academic Advisory Board; the Naval Academy Foundation; Saint James School; and the Association of Naval Aviation.

He received awards/recognition from the Sons of the Revolution; the Navy League of the United States; the National Wrestling Hall of Fame; USNA Alumni Association (Distinguished Graduate, 2000); National Museum of Naval Aviation's Hall of Honor; and the Tailhook Association. He was also the acclaimed author of Aircraft Carriers at War: A Personal Retrospective of Korea, Vietnam and the Soviet Confrontation, published in 2007 by the Naval Institute Press.

Admiral Holloway is survived by his wife of 77 years, Dabney Rawlings Holloway; daughters, Lucy Lyon and Jane Holloway; and grandson Graham Eynon-Holloway. He was predeceased in 1964 by his son, James IV.