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:


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

Others at this command: LT William Garrett '18 and ENS Rogers Ransehousen '21.

July 1923

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: ENS Rogers Ransehousen '21.

September 1923

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: ENS Rogers Ransehousen '21.

November 1923

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: ENS Rogers Ransehousen '21.

January 1924

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: ENS Francis Bridget '21 and ENS Rogers Ransehousen '21.

March 1924

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: ENS Francis Bridget '21.

May 1924

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: ENS Francis Bridget '21.

July 1924

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: ENS Francis Bridget '21 and ENS William Ostertag '24.

September 1924

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: LTjg Francis Bridget '21 and ENS William Ostertag '24.

November 1924

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: LTjg Francis Bridget '21 and ENS William Ostertag '24.

January 1925

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: LTjg Francis Bridget '21 and ENS William Ostertag '24.

March 1925

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: LTjg Francis Bridget '21 and ENS William Ostertag '24.

May 1925

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: LTjg Francis Bridget '21.

July 1925

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: LTjg Francis Bridget '21 and ENS Elmer Buerkle '25.

October 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: LTjg Francis Bridget '21 and ENS Elmer Buerkle '25.

January 1926

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: LTjg Francis Bridget '21 and ENS Elmer Buerkle '25.

October 1926

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: LTjg Francis Bridget '21, ENS Elmer Buerkle '25, and ENS Carlton Hutchins '26.

January 1927

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

Others at this command: LT Robert Smith '20 and ENS Robert Johnson '24.

April 1927

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

Others at this command: LT Robert Smith '20 and ENS Robert Johnson '24.

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: LT John Hollingsworth '31.

June 1940

Lieutenant Commander, executive officer, Submarine Base Coco Solo, Canal Zone

Others at this command: LT John Hollingsworth '31.

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.