We shall not forget

RALPH ALEXANDER HARDEE

The Citadel Class of: 1944 1944-Hardee-BR
Cadet Company: A (Source: Sphinx 1941)
Age: 22
Born: 8-Jul-22, Spartanburg, South Carolina
Hometown: Fulton County, Georgia
Family: Col. Furman Walker Hardee, USA (father), Reba Hudson Hardee (mother)
Rank: First Lieutenant
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Servicenumber: O-439504
Entered the Service from: Georgia
Function: Platoon Leader
Regiment: 11th Infantry Regiment
Battalion: 3rd
Division: 5th Infantry Division
Company: K
Unit: 2nd Platoon
Date of death: 9-Aug-44
Status: KIA
Place of death: Sainte-Gemmes-sur-Loire, France
Spot: Not Available
Awards: Distinguished Service Cross, Purple Heart
Gravenumber: Plot G Row 3 Grave 17
Cemetery: Brittany American Cemetery
Biography: Not Available
Other information: Attended The Citadel for nearly three years before enlisting in U.S. Army for service in WWII. Lieutenant Hardee was Killed In Action in Brittany, France 9 August 1944 and received the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in combat action against German forces. A barracks at the US Army Infantry Center at Ft. Benning, Ga. is named in his honor to “because it was hoped that his heroism and sacrifice would serve as a goal to infantrymen everywhere.”
– Source: Citadel Alumni Association

(Citation Needed) – SYNOPSIS: First Lieutenant (Infantry) Ralph A. Hardee (ASN: 0-439504), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 August 1944. First Lieutenant Hardee’s intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Source: Military Times Hall of ValourGeneral Orders: Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 122 (1944)

Lt. Ralph Hardee, Native of SC, Dies in Action
First Lt. Ralph Hardee, son of Col. and Mrs. Furman W. Hardee, formerly of South Carolina, was
killed in action in France August 9, according to a message from the war department to Mrs. Hardee,
who is now living in Atlanta.
Lieutenant Hardee was born in Spartanburg while his father, a regular army officer, was assistant
commandant at Wofford college, from 1921 to 1924. he attended Gordon Military academy at
Barnesville, Ga., and The Citadel. He was commissioned about two and half years ago and served
for a short time at Camp Croft and later at Fort Jackson.
Colonel Hardee, a native of Conway, attended Clemson College. He served during the World War
as a second lieutenant in the 321st infantry, 81st division, both at Camp Jackson and overseas. He
is now in command of a replacement depot overseas.
Lieutenant Hardee was an only child.
– Source: The State, Columbia, S.C., September 6, 1944, p.3.

LIEUT. HARDEE, ONCE AT CROFT, DIES IN FRANCE
First Lieut. Ralph Hardee, son of Col. and Mrs. Furman Hardee, formerly of Spartanburg,
was killed in France August 9, according to information received here by Dr. T.S. Little,
a friend of the family.
Lt. Hardee’s father, Col. Hardee, a native of Conway, served as assistant commandant
at Wofford college about 1922, and will be remembered by many Spartanburg people.
He was a captain in the 81st division during the first World war and is now stationed in
England in charge of a replacement depot. Mrs. Hardee is living in Atlanta.
Lt. Hardee, who was born in Spartanburg, attended The Citadel. He was commissioned
about two and a half years ago and served for a short time at Camp Croft before he went
overseas.
He was the only child of Col. and Mrs. Hardee.
– Source: Spartanburg Herald, Spartanburg, S.C., August 28, 1944, p.10.

KILLED IN ACTION
First Lieut. Ralph A. Hardee, only son of Col. and Mrs. Furman W. Hardee, was killed in
action in France on August 9th.
Lieut. Hardee was born in Spartanburg, S.C., and graduated from Gordon Military college
in Barnesville. He attended the Citadel in Charleston for two years, leaving the school
shortly after Pearl Harbor to enlist in the army. After receiving his commission at Drew
Field, Tampa, Fla. he spent eleven months in Iceland and a year in Ireland.
Colonel Hardee is an Horry boy of the Maple section and is now serving overseas.
– Source: The Horry Herald, Conway, S.C., September 28, 1944.

Sources: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Citadel Archive & Museum, Mike Stannard ’65, Yves J. Bellanger, Ancestry.com, Richland County Public Library, Spartanburg County Public Library Kennedy Room, Horry County Memorial Library

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