Patrick J. Hannifin, vice admiral USN (Ret.), a resident of Solana Beach, Calif., for almost three decades, passed away on Jan. 9, 2014; he was 91. Born in Oklahoma, on Jan. 26, 1923, he was raised in Roswell, where he attended New Mexico Military Institute prior to entering the U.S. Naval Academy. Graduating with the Class of 1945 in June 1944, he was commissioned an ensign and in 1978, he retired as a vice admiral.
Following graduation, he completed Submarine School and then joined USS BALAO (SS-285) in the Pacific. While in BALAO, he participated in three war patrols.
After the war, his service included duty in multiple diesel submarines: U-858, SEA ROBIN (SS-407), GRAMPUS (SS-523), RASHER (SSR-269) and he commanded USS DIODON (SS-349).
After completing Navy Nuclear Power Training, VADM Hannifin served as the commissioning executive officer of the Navy’s first Fleet Ballistic Missile submarine, USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (SSBN-598); he was then selected as the first commanding officer of USS LAFAYETTE (SSBN-616). He later served as commander Submarine Squadron FIFTEEN in Guam.
Ashore, he was one of the early Login to read more