LOUIS M. LEHARDY, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Louis LeHardy '26

Date of birth: February 18, 1905

Date of death: November 13, 1942

Age: 37

Lucky Bag

From the 1926 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Louis was lost when USS San Francisco (CA 38) was severely damaged during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on November 13, 1942.

He was a member of the staff of Daniel Callaghan '11

His wife was listed as next of kin. He has a memory marker in the Naval Academy Cemetery, where his wife is buried. Their young son, who died in 1933, is also buried there.

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Louis Marcel LeHardy, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Communications Officer on board the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO (CA-38), during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island on the night of 12 - 13 November, 1942. On this occasion the force to which Lieutenant Commander LeHardy was attached engaged at close quarters and defeated a superior enemy force, inflicting heavy damage upon them and preventing the accomplishment of their intended mission. This daring and intrepid attack, brilliantly executed, led to a great victory for his country's forces. By his indomitable fighting spirit, expert seamanship, and gallant devotion to duty, Lieutenant Commander LeHardy contributed largely to the success of the battle and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 312 (March 1943)
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Namesake

USS LeHardy (DE 20) was named for Louis. The ship was originally intended for the Royal Navy, and therefore was not sponsored by his wife or other relation.


Class of 1926

Louis is one of 36 members of the Class of 1926 in Memorial Hall.