1939 – Born in South Bend, Indiana, on the 26th of November. He was an admiral of the United States Navy and the 25th Chief of Naval Operations (CNO).
1956 – Enlisted in the U.S. Navy and attained the rank of Personnel Petty Officer First Class.
1962 – He was selected for commissioning under the Integration Program.
– In August, he served aboard USS Porterfield (DD-682) as Combat Information Center Officer.
1964 – Attended Naval Destroyer School in Newport and was assigned as Weapons Officer, USS John R. Craig (DD-885).
– Followed a tour was as Commanding Officer, USS Parrot (MSC-197).
1971 – Earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rhode Island, he assumed duties as Executive Officer, USS Brooke (DEG-1).
1975-1977 – He commanded USS Farragut (DDG-37).
– Assigned as Executive Assistant to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Washington, DC.
1981 – Relieved the civilian presidential appointee in that position, and took command of Destroyer Squadron Twenty-Two.
1983 – Served as Executive Assistant to the Chief of Naval Personnel/Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel and Training.
1984-1986 – Assumed his first flag officer assignment as Executive Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations.
1987 – Assigned as Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group Eight in Norfolk, Virginia.
– Served as a Carrier Battle Group Commander embarked in USS Saratoga (CV-60), and as Commander, Battle Force Sixth Fleet.
– He rose through the ranks to become a four-star admiral.
1988 – Became Chief of Naval Personnel/Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel and Training.
1991 – Received his fourth star and became Commander of NATO forces in Southern Europe.
1993 – Boorda assumed the additional duty as Commander, Joint Task Force Provide Promise.
1994 – Became the 25th Chief of Naval Operations, the navy’s senior military officer and commander of all its active-duty and reserve personnel.
1996 – Died on 16th of May of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, after coming under journalistic investigation for having reportedly worn two unearned valor medals.
1998 – Received posthumous validation of right to wear valor medals.