ALAN E. GERNHARDT, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Alan Gernhardt '42

Date of birth: January 8, 1920

Date of death: October 26, 1942

Age: 22

Lucky Bag

From the 1942 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Alan was one of 57 men lost aboard USS Smith (DD 378) on October 26, 1942 when the ship was heavily damaged by attacking aircraft while screening USS Enterprise (CV 6) and USS Hornet (CV 8). The ship was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for her action that day.

His wife was listed as next of kin.


Class of 1942

Alan is one of 82 members of the Class of 1942 in Memorial Hall.