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Fair Winds, Rear Admiral Ming Chang

3 October 2017

It is with deep regret that I inform you that Rear Admiral Ming Chang passed away on 3 October. Ming served from 1955 to 1990. Born in Shanghai in 1932 as son of Chief Petty Officer Yu Ching Chang, USN, Ming had the distinction of becoming the first Asian-American naval officer to achieve flag rank in the U.S. military. Graduating from the College of William and Mary in 1955, Ming enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve in September 1955, and was subsequently commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He reported for active duty in March 1956 aboard USS Lexington (CVA-16). Seagoing assignments included executive officer of USS Hollister (DD-788), commanding officer of USS Rathburne (DE-1057), commanding officer of USS Reeves (CG-24), chief of staff of Carrier Group THREE, chief of staff of Commander THIRD Fleet, and commander of Cruiser Destroyer Group TWO (1983–85). His shore tours included time in Vietnam (1970–71) with Naval Forces Vietnam/Naval Advisory Group/Military Assistance Command, Naval Support Activity Saigon, and as senior advisor, Amphibious Task Force 211. Other shore tours included deputy commander, Weapons and Combat Systems, Naval Sea Systems Command. He finished his distinguished career as Naval Inspector General (1987–90). After retirement, he became vice president and corporate director for the Pacific Region at Raytheon and the president of MEC International, LLC.

Rest in Peace, Admiral Chang.

Published: Thu Jun 09 15:23:44 EDT 2022