USS Cleveland CL-55 Reunion Association

Captain Lorin W. Hay

Capt. Lorin W. Hay, U.S. Navy retired, died Aug. 23, 2006, at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. Capt. Hay was born in Jersey City, N.J. Dec. 29, 1920, but grew up in Ramsey, N.J. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1940. Upon graduation and commissioning as an ensign in June 1943, he reported to USS Cleveland, a cruiser in the Pacific Fleet where he spent the rest of the war.

He entered flight training in the fall of 1945. He had successive tours in patrol squadron, a heavy attack squadron and three jet fighter squadrons, the last two of which he commanded VF101 and VF41. In addition to the operational squadrons, his other sea duty included being commissioning Executive officer of USS Guadalcanal and Commanding Officer of USS Salamonie. From 1968 to 1970, he was commanding officer of the U.S. Naval Air Station at Quonset Point, R.I.. His final tour was as assistant chief of staff to the commander, Air Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet.

In retirement he was with Virginia Air Pollution Control Board for 12 years. He was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach and served as their treasurer for 10 years.