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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: December 22, 1921
Date of death: September 4, 1946
Age: 24

Lucky Bag

1944 Hardy LB.jpg

From the 1944 Lucky Bag:

John Sanford Hardy

Columbus, Mississippi

Another member of the proud Southern delegation was the "Tapper," "Jedge," or "Andy." His infectious smile and sincerity earned him a host of friends. With all his disarming manner, smooth was the word for Tapper. He was the genuine B. T. O. When this Log sports correspondent was not otherwise occupied, he played "B" squad football. In spite of the poor fortune which condemned him to obscurity, "Andy" never gave up trying. His " B" squad gave the Varsity its bad moments. Stern realities of life have a way of stifling youthful laughter and dreams, but Andy will face the future with the inborn faith and humor that is America's heritage.

The Class of 1944 was graduated in June 1943 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


John was lost when his F4U-4B Corsair crashed in the Mediterranean Sea on September 4, 1946 while operating from USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV 42).

He has a memory marker in Mississippi.

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Class of 1944
John is one of 66 members of the Class of 1944 in Memorial Hall.
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