ADOLPH HEDE, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Adolph Hede '25

Date of birth: November 26, 1903

Date of death: December 14, 1944

Age: 41

Lucky Bag

From the 1925 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From Find A Grave:

Lt. Commander Adolph Hede was held as a POW in the Philippine Islands. In December 1944, he was boarded onto the Oryoku Maru for transport to Japan. The ship sailed on December 13th and came under attack from American planes on December 14th. As evening approached, the attack was called off. Hede was killed during this initial attack.

From Hall of Valor:

Adolph Hede was a member of the crew of the submarine tender USS Canopus (AS 9), serving in the Philippine Islands. After the ship was severely damaged on December 29, 1941, and subsequently scuttled to prevent the vessel from falling into enemy hands, he and his surviving comrades joined the ground forces in defense of Bataan and Corregidor. He was subsequently captured and interned as a Prisoner of War.

Adolph was mentioned in Part II of a history of Canopus (Shipmate, September 1948); the below was following a bomb hit on the ship while moored:

In the meantime, below decks, Lt. Comdr. "Al" Hede had organized another fire party which tackled the problem by carrying their hoses through choking smoke in the compartments near the magazines, pulling wounded and dying men away from the blasted areas where they had fallen,. Most of the oxygen type breathing apparatus had been cut off by the explosion, but Shipfitter Cambron donned the one remaining outfit, and carried the hose right down to the magazines, backed up by his shipmates working in relays, each of which stayed as long as men could stand the fumes.


His wife was listed as next of kin.

Silver Star

Unable to find a citation for the Silver Star he was awarded.

Bronze Star

Unable to find a citation for either of the Bronze Stars he was awarded.

Prisoner of War Medal

From Hall of Valor:

Lieutenant Commander Adolph Hede (NSN: 0-59600), United States Navy, a former crewman of the U.S.S. CANOPUS (AS-9), was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Corregidor, Philippine Islands, on 6 May 1942, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his death while in captivity.

General Orders: NARA Database: Records of World War II Prisoners of War, created, 1942 - 1947
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander


Class of 1925

Adolph is one of 30 members of the Class of 1925 in Memorial Hall.