Official U. S. Navy Photograph
AWARDED THE NAVY CROSS
Admiral Hardison, then a captain, being decorated by Vice Admiral Fitch, March i8.
Hardison Becomes a Rear Admiral
By LELAND SPEERS, Washington
ear Admiral Osborne B. Hardison, Rear Admiral Edgar L. Woods, of the
U.S.N., North Carolina '11, one of medical arm. On the retired list are
the heroes of the Battle of Santa Cruz, Admiral Louis R. DeSteiguer, former
is Phi Delta Theta's newest flag officer Commander-in-Chief of the Battle Force,
and, incidentally, the youngest line officer Rear Admiral Wat Tyler Cluverius, reof flag rank in the United States Navy. called to active service in the Navy DeAdmiral Hardison's promotion by Presi- partment, and Rear Admiral Will M.
dent Roosevelt gives to A four offi- Garton of the Medical Corps.
cers of the grade of admiral in the active
This article relates almost entirely to
service, all of them holding positions of the career of the most recent addition to
vital importance to the nation. No other our Fraternity's galaxy of naval officers
fraternity has so many officers in the in high Hardison.
higher commission grades as has A Just turning fifty. Admiral Hardison's
These officers include, in addition to Ad- career has been a record of steady admiral Hardison, Vice Admiral Robert vancement since his from AnLee Ghormley, who directed the capture napolis. His last important command
of Guadalcanal, and is now in command before going to sea as an aircraft comof the great naval base at Pearl Harbor; mander was command of the Anacostia
Rear Admiral John S. McCain, Chief of Naval Air Station, the great air base
the Naval Bureau of Aeronautics and charged widi the safeguarding and the