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11/9/17

More on Dick Raymond's November Poem


Dick Raymond’s November poem, THE LAST JAP LUNGE AT LUNGA POINT, was especially significant for Jauncey Sweet’s widow, Linda. Linda’s father, Louis Marcel LeHardy, USNA 1926, was killed in the engagement while serving in the USS San Francisco.  He was awarded the Navy Cross.


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.



Linda’s brother, BG Ward LeHardy, addressed the 2013 USS San Francisco Memorial Ceremony in San Francisco. His addressed was recorded and is posted below. He provides an interesting review of the events that occurred at Lunga Point 75 years ago. 

Click the link below to watch the video.

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