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ex-HMS Duff (BDE-20)
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USS LeHardy (DE 20)


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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 3 stars - WWII Victory Medal


Specifications:
Class: Evarts
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,140 tons (light), 1,430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 - 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 - 1.1"/75 cal. Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 9 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 183
LeHardy (DE 20) Building and Operational Data:
  • 15 April 1942: Keel laid by the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Cal.
  • 21 November 1942: Launched as HMS Duff (BDE 20), sponsored by Mrs. Bert A. Barr
  • 19 February 1943: Retained by U.S. Navy, renamed USS LeHardy
  • 15 May 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. J. H. Prause in command
  • 25 October 1945: Decommissioned at San Pedro, Cal. after 2 years and 5⅓ months of service
  • 13 November 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • 26 December 1946: Sold for scrapping to the National Metal & Steel Corp., Terminal Island, Cal.
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    Louis Marcel LeHardy Jr., the son of Louis Marcel LeHardy Sr. and Julia Miller, was born 18 February 1905 in Savannah, Ga. Upon graduation from the U. S. Naval Academy, he was commissioned as ensign on 03 June 1926. He later served as Communications Aide to the President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Before, during and following the attack on Pearl Harbor on 07 December 1941, he commanded the destroyer minesweeper USS Zane (DMS 14) until 01 May 1942. While he was later serving as Director of Communications for the SW Pacific Command under Adm. Ghormley, he was promoted to lieutenant commander on 01 April 1943. Adm. Callaghan asked him to join the CTF staff aboard USS San Francisco (CA 38) in the Fall of 1942 as Communications Officer for the Task Force. Lieutenant Commander LeHardy was on the bridge of San Francisco on the night of 12-13 November 1942. He was killed in action during the Naval Battle for Guadalcanal on 13 November 1942 and buried at sea somewhere in Indispensable Straits on the afternoon of 13 November 1942.

    He posthumously received the Navy Cross for his valor in the Battle of Guadalcanal. The citation reads: "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 (CA38), 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."

    USS LeHardy (DE 20) (1943-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Upper photo from the Naval Academy Yearbook, The Lucky Bag, 1926)
    (Lower photo from the GENI, A My Heritage Company)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Archive Manager
    DE / FF / LCS Archive
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    LeHardy 189k 21 November 1942: Mare Island Navy Yard - Bow of the future HMS Duff (BDE 20) just prior to her launching.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-20-7155-42)
    Candi L. Barr (Parker)
    granddaughter of the sponsor,
    in honor of her grandparents
    LeHardy 128k 21 November 1942: The distinguished guests at the launching of the future HMS Duff (BDE 20) at Mare Island. From left to right: Mrs. Virginia Connell, Mrs. W. L. Friedell, Capt. F. G. Crisp USN, Mrs. F. G. Crisp, Mr. Bert A. Barr, Mrs. Lena Guernsey, Capt G. P. Shamer, SC USN, Mrs. Bert A. Barr (Sponsor), Radm W. L. Friedell, Shipyard Commandant, and Mrs. A. Barr (Matron of Honor).

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-20-7170-42)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    LeHardy 89k 21 November 1942: The Christening Party for the HMS Duff. From left to right: Capt. F. G. Crisp, Mr. Bert A. Barr, Mrs. Bert A. Barr (Sponsor), Radm W. L. Friedell, Shipyard Commandant, and Mrs. A. Barr (Matron of Honor).

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-20-7161-42)
    LeHardy 89k 21 November 1942: Mare Island NSY - Mrs. Bert A. Barr, Sponsor of the launching of the future HMS Duff (BDE 20), receives the christening bottle from Radm. W. L. Friedell Commandant of Mare Island Navy Yard prior to her launching. Left to right: Mrs. Bert A. Barr (Sponsor), Mrs. A. Barr (Matron of Honor), Mr. Bert A. Barr, Radm Friedell and Capt. F. G. Crisp.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-20-7167-42)
    Candi L. Barr (Parker)
    granddaughter of the sponsor,
    in honor of her grandparents
    LeHardy 95k 21 November 1942: Mare Island NSY - Mrs. Bert A. Barr (Sponsor) and Mrs. A. Barr (Matron of Honor) are pictured at the bow of the future HMS Duff (BDE 20) prior to the launching of ship.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-20-7168-42)
    LeHardy 114k 21 November 1942: Mare Island NSY - Mrs. Bert A. Barr (Sponsor) is pictured at the bow of the future HMS Duff (BDE 20) prior to the launching of ship.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-20-7169-42)
    LeHardy 119k 21 November 1942: Mrs. Bert A. Barr, Sponsor is seen christening the future HMS Duff (BDE 20). Others pictured are from left to right: Capt. F. G. Crisp, Mrs. Bert A. Barr (Sponsor), Radm W. L. Friedell, Shipyard Commandant, and Mrs. A. Barr (Matron of Honor).

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-20-7160-42)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    LeHardy 149k 21 November 1942: Mare Island NSY - the future HMS Duff (BDE 20) is halfway down the building ways.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-20-7170-42)
    Candi L. Barr (Parker)
    granddaughter of the sponsor,
    in honor of her grandparents
    LeHardy 157k 21 November 1942: Mare Island NSY - the future HMS Duff at the end of the building ways.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-20-7177-42)
    LeHardy 71k 21 November 1942: Broadside view of the future HMS Duff after her launching.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-20-7178-42)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    LeHardy 168k 07 July 1943: at Mare Island Naval Shipyard Pieter Bakels
    Wehl, The Netherlands
    LeHardy 101k 07 July 1943: LeHardy underway off Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-20-4951-43)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    LeHardy 505k 07 July 1943: LeHardy underway in the Mare Island Channel.

    (U.S. Navy photo #DE-20-4955-43)
    LeHardy 103k 05 April 1945 Jody Gibian-Miles
    daughter of crewmember
    Sanford N. Gibian
    LeHardy 95k
    LeHardy 118k 05 April 1945: Bremerton, Wash. - USS LeHardy (DE 20) underway in Puget Sound.

    (U.S. Navy Photograph #NH 81340, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974, from the collections of the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

    LeHardy History
    View the USS LeHardy (DE 20) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.
    Crewmember submitted change to LeHardy's WWII awards

    LeHardy's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 15 May 1943 - 30 Jan. 1944Lcdr. Jack Hamilton Prause, USNR (Comm. CO) (San Jose, Cal.)
    2.) 30 Jan. 1944 - 01 Jun. 1944Lt. Volney Hamilton Craig Jr., USNR
    3.) 01 Jun. 1944 - .. Dec. 1944Lcdr. Edward Laws Holtz, USNR (diary gap)

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