LtJG Gordon Phillips Hoover

LtJG Gordon Phillips Hoover

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 28 Sep 1943 (aged 26)
At Sea
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

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Gordon, who resided at 3216 Swarthmore Road, Wilmington, Delaware, served as a Lieutenant Junior Grade with the U.S.S. Cisco (SS-290), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was "Lost At Sea" when the Cisco failed to return from a mission on the South China Sea.

He had served in the Navy for one year and five months at the time of his death and was decorated with a Purple Heart.
He was a 1939 Yale graduate, and classmate of Lawrence DeForest Anderson and Richard Harold Seligman, both lost on USS Runner.

Son of Edwin K. Hoover and Kathleen O'Donnell Hoover.

Husband of Nancy Aline May Hoover.

Gordon was the only Delawarean to be lost on the Cisco.


Lieutenant Jr. Grade, Gordon P. Hoover MIA/KIA
Official Date of Death January 8th 1946
Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware
Service # 0-166875
Awards: Purple Heart, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal,
Submarine Combat Patrol Insignia
Captain: Commander James W. Coe MIA/KIA

Ship: USS Cisco (SS-290)
Mission: 1st war patrol
Mission Date: 28-Sep-43
Location: In the Sulu Sea west of Mindanao, Philippine Islands
Cause: Probably sunk by air and surface attack

The crew of USS Cisco were lost approximately on September 28 1943 and were officially declared KIA Jan 8 1946

Cisco sailed from Panama 7 August 1943 for Brisbane, Australia, arriving 1 September to assume local patrol duties, until 18 September, when she docked at Darwin. She put out on her first war patrol 20 September, but never returned. Japanese records tell of sighting a submarine leaking oil on 28 September in an area where Cisco is known to have been the only submarine then operating. Japanese records state this submarine was sunk by bombs and depth charges. Cisco is thus presumed to have been lost in action 28 September 1943. The only survivor from the crew was Chief Radioman Howell B. Rice (USN ret.), who was taken sick in Darwin and sent ashore to the Navy hospital prior to Cisco's final voyage.

Japanese records state that the submarine was attacked by Type 97 "Kate" attack bombers of the 954 Naval Air Squadron and the riverboat Karatsu (originally a U.S. Navy gunboat, USS Luzon (PR-7), captured by Japanese forces and put to work against her former owners).

Lieutenant Jr. Grade Hoover was lost with the crew of USS Cisco approximately on September 28 1943 and was officially declared KIA January 8 1946 he appears Tablets of the Missing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila National Capital, Philippines. He has a cenotaph memorial Memorial Park Cemetery Knoxville Cemetery Knoxville Knox County Illinois his body was never recovered.

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Gravesite Details Entered the service from Delaware.



  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56776083
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for LtJG Gordon Phillips Hoover (2 Nov 1916–28 Sep 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56776083, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .