From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

George Hart '44

Date of birth: December 16, 1921

Date of death: April 14, 1945

Age: 23

Lucky Bag

From the 1944 Lucky Bag:


George was one of twenty-three officers and crew lost aboard USS Sigsbee (DD 502) on April 14, 1945, when she was struck by a kamikaze just aft of the number five gun mount.

He was the assistant gunnery officer and had served aboard since September 20, 1943.

From the Daily Courier on April 28, 1945:

Lieutenant (j.g.) George Gallagher Hart, 23 years old, who had been serving aboard a destroyer in the Pacific Theater of Operations, was killed in action in that area, according to a Navy Department telegram to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Edward Hart of Poplar Grove, Friday.

Lieutenant Hart, who was born in Pittsburgh, was graduated from Connellsville High School with the Class of 1939 and had taken an active part in football with the Cokers. He went to Washington & Jefferson College for a year before being appointed to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., graduating with the commission of an ensign in June, 1943.

Lieutenant Hart had been assigned to duty with his destroyer in September, 1943. The last received from hom was dated April 11. He was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are his parents, one brother, Alex Hart of Lancaster, Ohio, and three sisters, Mrs. Patricia Hart Moore, who is serving with the WAVES in Norfolk, Va. and Florence and Edith Mary, at home.

Class of 1944

George is one of 66 members of the Class of 1944 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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