HILAN EBERT, LCDR, USN
Hilan Ebert '26
Date of birth: March 21, 1903
Date of death: November 30, 1942
From the 1926 Lucky Bag:
Biography & Loss
Hilan "Ebe" Ebert was born 21 March 1903 in Alliance, Ohio. Graduating from the Naval Academy in 1926, he served in various billets afloat and ashore until assigned to USS Northampton (CL 26) 29 April 1942. Lieutenant Commander Ebert was killed 30 November 1942 when his ship was torpedoed in the Battle of Tassafaronga off Guadalcanal. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his courage and disregard for his own safety beyond the call of duty until his ship was lost.
He was survived by his mother, wife, and two sons.
From Hall of Valor:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Hilan Ebert, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Engineering Officer aboard the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. NORTHAMPTON (CA-26), after the torpedoing of his ship in enemy-controlled waters during the Battle of Tassafaronga on the night of 30 November 1942. Stationed in the after engine room a the time the Northampton was torpedoed and set afire, Lieutenant Commander Ebert persistently carried out his duties despite the fact that his station, immediately after the explosion, became flooded with oil and water. The conduct of Lieutenant Commander Ebert throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 315 (June 1943)
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
USS Ebert (DE 768) was named for Hilan; the ship was sponsored by his widow.