HUBERT B. HARDEN, CDR, USN
Hubert Harden '35
Date of birth: January 1, 1911
Date of death: January 31, 1947
From the 1935 Lucky Bag:
From The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on February 4, 1947:
COMDR. HUBERT HARDEN
IOWAN DIES IN FLORIDA CRASH
Comdr. Harden's Plane Falls Near Pensacola
Iowa Falls—Comdr. Hubert Boyd Harden, 35, who was killed in a routine flight off the coast of Pensacola, Fla., Friday, was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Harden of Iowa Falls. The family has received no details of the accident except that the engine failed. The plane was approximately 10 miles off the coast. The body was recovered a few minutes after the accident. Comdr. Harden was graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1935. He was on duty in the Pacific when the war with Japan started. He participated in many of the major engagements in the Pacific. He is survived by his wife, a son, Hubert, Jr.; his parents; 2 sisters, Mrs. Lee Hart of Iowa Falls, and Mrs. Dwight Griffiths of Auburn, Nebr.; and a brother, Clyde, Jr., a student at Grinnell college, Grinnell.
The date of the crash was January 31, 1947. Unable to determine what type of aircraft or which unit he was a member of. Hubert is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
He was commanding officer of Air Group (CAG) 1 the end of the war; he was flying from USS Bennington (CV 20).
From Hall of Valor:
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Commander Hubert Boyd Harden (NSN: 0-749327), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane and Group Leader in Carrier Air Group ONE (AG-1), in action against major units of the Japanese Fleet in Kure Harbor, Honshu, Japan, on 28 July 1945. Braving intense anti-aircraft fire from enemy Naval and shore batteries, Commander Harden pressed home a determined attack to score a direct bomb hit on the Japanese battleship ISE. In addition, he skillfully coordinated and led the attack of his group and contributed materially to its success in scoring multiple hits on the battleship and on a heavy cruiser, and in returning to its carrier without loss or damage. His courageous leadership and intrepid spirit were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander 2d Carrier Task Force: Serial 01723 (September 4, 1945)
Action Date: 28-Jul-45
Company: Naval Fighting Squadron
Regiment: Air Group 1 (AG-1)
Division: U.S.S. Bennington (CV-20)