|Major General Hugh W. Hardy attended the Georgia School of Technology as a Marine Corps Reserve Class III-D student, majoring in Engineering (1943-1944) and graduated with a B.S. degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1947.|
He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve on December 2, 1942, was ordered to active duty with the Marine Corps unit at Georgia Tech (1943), and subsequently underwent recruit training at Parris Island, S.C. (1945). He completed Platoon Commander's School, Camp Lejeune, N.C. on November 10, 1945 and was commissioned a reserve Second Lieutenant prior to release to inactive duty.
General Hardy was mobilized with the Galveston, Texas, Company B, 14th Infantry Battalion, USMCR, in August 1950. Following an initial assignment to the 1st Replacement Draft at Camp Pendleton, Calif., he was ordered to Quantico, VA., in September and attended the 1st Special Basic Course. From January 1951 to March 1952, he served with the 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune. During his period with the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, he served with that unit in the Mediterranean as part of the 6th Fleet, U.S. Navy.
Following his release from active duty in March 1952, General Hardy served as Commanding Officer, 90th Special Infantry Co.; Company Commander, ?A?co., Company Commander, ?H&S? Co., Battalion S-3, and Battalion Executive Officer, successively with the 6th Infantry Battalion, USMCR; Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines, USMCR; Instructor VTU 8-22 USMCR; Commanding Officer, 3rd Amphibian Tractor Co., USMCR: Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines, USMCR; Officer Student with NROS, Navy Headquarters, Commander in Chief, Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean, London, England; Training Officer, Administrative Officer and Executive Officer, VTU 8-22, USMCR; and Commanding Officer, 8th Staff Group, USMCR, Houston, TX.
In 1970, General Hardy served as Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3, 21st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, during RESHEBEX-70, Operation HIGH DESERT. During 1971 and 1972 as Commanding Officer of the 8th Staff Group, he commanded the 56th, 85th and 81st Marine Amphibious Units, USMCR; during exercises PINE CONE, DISEX-72, and CUTLASS SWEEP. Since his promotion to Brigadier General he has served in training assignments as Assistant Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif., and Assistant Division Commander, 4th Marine Division. FMF, USMCR, Camp Pendleton, CA. As ADC, General Hardy served as the Exercise Director of RESMAULEX 2-75 for exercise HIDDEN WARRIOR and Commanding General 5th Marine Amphibious Brigade during RESMABLEX 1-76, exercise LITTLE BROTHER. He also represented the Marine Corps at the Congress of Inter-Allied Reserve Officers (CIOR), in Copenhagen, Denmark in August, 1976. He served on the Secretary of the Navy's Marine Corps Reserve Policy Board in 1977 and was President of
that Board in 1978. He was then assigned as Deputy to the Commanding General, Marine Corps Development and Education Command at Quantico, VA.
From June 25 to August 15, 1980, General Hardy was temporarily assigned as Commanding General, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, CA. He than served as Special Assistant to the Commanding General, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton. His designated mobilization assignment was Commanding General, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, CA. and he was also President of the Secretary of the Navy's Marine Corps Reserve Policy Board at the time of his retirement on December 1, 1982.
General Hardy wears the Legion of Merit Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Organized Marine Corps Reserve Medal with four bronze stars, American Defense Service Medal, Victory Medal (World War II), Navy Occupation Service Medal with European Clasp, Na-tional Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and the Marine Corps Reserve Ribbon.
He was promoted as follows: First Lieutenant, November 10,1948; Captain , June 25,1952; Major, July 12 1956; Lieutenant Colonel, July 1, 1964; Colonel, May 1, 1969; Brigadier General, May 1973; and Major General on May 1, 1974.
General Hardy retired from Exxon Co., USA in March 1981 after 34 years of employment with that company. He was associated with GeoQuest Exploration, Inc; and GeoQuest International, Inc. from 1981 to October 1986 when he resigned from the position of President, Services Division. Currently he is President of Interpretation Consultants, Inc., an international petroleum exploration consulting company, headquartered in Houston, TX. He and his late wife, the former Joyce Elaine Smith of Galveston, TX. had four daughters: Mrs. Karyn E. Parker of Alexandria, LA.; Kathryn L. Hardy, Mrs. Karolyn L. Ratajczak and Mrs. Kay L. Leckard, all of Sugar Land, TX.. Mrs. Hardy died on 29 December 1992.
At the time of his retirement, General Hardy was serving as a consultant for the Commanding General, Marine Reserve Force, New Orleans, LA. organizing Marine Corps Coordinating Councils. He also accepted a position as a member of the Board of Directorsand Vice Chairman of the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation. General Hardy is the Past President of the Department of Texas, Reserve Officers Association and National Executive Committeeman, Marine Corps.
(Updated April 4, 2003 HQMC)