Louis Marcel LeHardy
Served as Communications Aide
to the President of the US, Franklin Delano
Roosevelt. Commanded the destroyer USS Zane
before, during and following the attack on Pearl
Harbor on 7 December 1941.
Director of Communications for
the SW Pacific Command under Adm. Ghormley, 1942.
Adm. Callaghan asked him to join the CTF staff
aboard the USS San Francisco in the Fall of 1942 as
Communications Officer for the CTF. Was on the
bridge of the USS San Francisco on the night of
12-13 November 1942.
Killed in action during the
Naval Battle for Guadalcanal, 13 November 1942.
Buried at Sea somewhere in Indispensable Sraits on
the afternoon of 13 November 1942. Awarded the
Navy Cross posthumously.
A gallant sailor, devoted
father and husband, and an inspiration to all who
knew him. His legacy lives on through his
daughter ( married a Naval Academy graduate Class of
1954); his son, a graduate of the US Military
Academy Class of 1956; and his grandsons, three of
whom served in the US Navy and two in the US Army.
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