HUGH W. HADLEY, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
Hugh Hadley '22

Date of birth: February 17, 1901

Date of death: September 5, 1942

Age: 41

Lucky Bag

From the 1922 Lucky Bag:

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HUGH WILLIAM HADLEY

The Dalles, Oregon

"Had," "Rooster," "Bill."

STRAIGHT from the Northwest and big outdoors—that's the "Rooster." He certainly rates his name for he is always "up and at 'em." Didn't he crawl out of bed two days after an operation and rummage the whole hospital ward for a skag?—while the "Doc" had said he was down and out! "It can't be done!" The Exec Department thought they had him Second Class Year, but he went five months on one demerit and fooled them all.

"A little beech canoe and you" used to be his favorite, but he sang it once too often on Second Class Leave, and now he's among those spoken for. And when that moon started rising over the Chesapeake, you couldn't stay in the same room with him. Ask "Mac" or "Jerry"—they'll tell you that love must be grand.

"Oh no! I swear I'm perfectly all right. It's simply the effect of that slum we had for chow tonight."

"Well, how about breezin' up on one."

Choir (4); Probation (2).

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HUGH WILLIAM HADLEY

The Dalles, Oregon

"Had," "Rooster," "Bill."

STRAIGHT from the Northwest and big outdoors—that's the "Rooster." He certainly rates his name for he is always "up and at 'em." Didn't he crawl out of bed two days after an operation and rummage the whole hospital ward for a skag?—while the "Doc" had said he was down and out! "It can't be done!" The Exec Department thought they had him Second Class Year, but he went five months on one demerit and fooled them all.

"A little beech canoe and you" used to be his favorite, but he sang it once too often on Second Class Leave, and now he's among those spoken for. And when that moon started rising over the Chesapeake, you couldn't stay in the same room with him. Ask "Mac" or "Jerry"—they'll tell you that love must be grand.

"Oh no! I swear I'm perfectly all right. It's simply the effect of that slum we had for chow tonight."

"Well, how about breezin' up on one."

Choir (4); Probation (2).

Loss

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Hugh was lost when USS Little (APD 4) was sunk was sunk near Guadalcanal by Japanese surface forces early in the morning of September 5, 1942. He was embarked as the commander of Transport Division 12.

His wife was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by two daughters. Hugh has a memory marker in Oregon.

Biography

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From Wikipedia:

Hugh William Hadley was born 17 February 1901 at Moro, Oregon, and was appointed to the Naval Academy in 1918. Commissioned Ensign 29 May 1922, he served on board many ships, including Pennsylvania and S-27, and various shore stations in the prewar years. After serving as Executive Officer of Roper 1936-1939 and on board Maryland 1941-1942, he was appointed Commander and assigned to command Transport Division 12 in the Pacific. Hadley's attack transports made nightly runs into Guadalcanal to support American troops there, and while on board Little 5 September 1942 Hadley was surprised by three Japanese destroyers off Lunga Point. His outgunned ship fought valiantly, but was sunk along with attack transport Gregory. Commander Hadley was killed in the action and was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his outstanding performance in the bitter Solomons campaign

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Commander Hugh William Hadley (NSN: 0-57581), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Commander of Transport Division TWELVE during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands for the period from 7 August to 5 September 1942. Under frequent air, surface and submarine attack by a desperate and persistent foe, Commander Hadley, although handicapped by limitation of fire power and reduction of armament, successfully disembarked troops during initial landing operations and thereafter fed vital reinforcements and supplies to the Tulagi and Guadalcanal garrisons. During the tense period prior to development of our own local air facilities, he and his command were continually subjected to vigorous Japanese bombardment while operating in logistic support of our established positions. Subsequently conducting night patrols and furnishing anti-submarine screen for cargo vessels, Commander Hadley, by his superb seamanship and heroic devotion to duty, contributed materially to the success of our strategic operations in the island area. He gallantly gave up his life in the service of his country.

Service: Navy

Namesake

USS Hugh W. Hadley (DD 774) was named for Hugh; the ship was sponsored by his widow.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

May 1923
Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

July 1923
Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command:
September 1923
Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command:
November 1923
Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command:
January 1924
Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

March 1924
Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command:
May 1924
Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command:
July 1924
Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

September 1924
Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

November 1924
Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

January 1925
Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

March 1925
Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

May 1925
Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command:
July 1925
Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

October 1925
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pennsylvania

January 1926
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pennsylvania

October 1926
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pennsylvania

January 1927
Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, USS Chewink

April 1927
Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, USS Chewink

October 1927
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS V-3
January 1928
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS V-3
April 1928
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS V-3
July 1928
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS V-3
October 1928
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS V-3
January 1929
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS V-3
April 1929
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS V-3
July 1929
Lieutenant (j.g.), Navy Yard, Puget Sound, Washington
October 1929
Lieutenant (j.g.), Navy Yard, Puget Sound, Washington
January 1930
Lieutenant (j.g.), Navy Yard, Puget Sound, Washington
April 1930
Lieutenant (j.g.), Navy Yard, Puget Sound, Washington
October 1930
Lieutenant, Navy Yard, Puget Sound, Washington
January 1931
Lieutenant, Navy Yard, Puget Sound, Washington
April 1931
Lieutenant, Navy Yard, Puget Sound, Washington
July 1931
Lieutenant, USS S-47
October 1931
Lieutenant, USS S-47
January 1932
Lieutenant, USS S-27
April 1932
Lieutenant, USS S-27
October 1932
Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS S-27
January 1933
Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS S-27
April 1933
Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS S-27
July 1933
Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS S-27
October 1933
Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS S-27
April 1934
Lieutenant, Naval Ammunition Depot, Puget Sound, Washington
July 1934
Lieutenant, Naval Ammunition Depot, Puget Sound, Washington
October 1934
Lieutenant, Naval Ammunition Depot, Puget Sound, Washington
January 1935
Lieutenant, Naval Ammunition Depot, Puget Sound, Washington
April 1935
Lieutenant, Naval Ammunition Depot, Puget Sound, Washington
October 1935
Lieutenant, Naval Ammunition Depot, Puget Sound, Washington
January 1936
Lieutenant, Naval Ammunition Depot, Puget Sound, Washington
April 1936
Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Roper
July 1936
Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Roper
January 1937
Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Roper
April 1937
Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Roper
September 1937
Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS Roper
January 1938
Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS Roper
July 1938
Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS Roper
January 1939
Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS Roper
October 1939
Lieutenant Commander, executive officer, Submarine Base Coco Solo, Canal Zone

Others at this command:
June 1940
Lieutenant Commander, executive officer, Submarine Base Coco Solo, Canal Zone

Others at this command:
November 1940
Lieutenant Commander, executive officer, Submarine Base Coco Solo, Canal Zone
April 1941
Lieutenant Commander, executive officer, Submarine Base Coco Solo, Canal Zone


Class of 1922

Hugh is one of 27 members of the Class of 1922 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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