Name: Willis E “Bill” Hardy

Rank: Chief Aviation Machinists Mate/Commander and Naval Aviator

Branch of Service: U. S., Navy

Unit: Various ships and shore stations

Specialty: 5 yrs Enlisted Aviation Machinist Mate 15 yrs. Commissioned officer and Naval aviator

Active Duty Dates: February 1939 to April 1959

Armed Conflicts: WWII, Korea and Cold War

Theater of Operations: Atlantic and Pacific

Campaigns: Japan, Okinawa and Iwo Jima

Decorations and Awards: Navy Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal w/4 stars, Presidential Unit Citation /w star, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Medal /w.4 stars, WWII Victory Medal, National Defense Medal and China Service Medal

Speaking Subjects: Ace in a Day


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