Harry Hubbard

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Harry Ensor Hubbard
Born (1903-03-18)March 18, 1903
Baltimore, Maryland
Died October 16, 1942(1942-10-16) (aged 39)
at sea
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1925-1942
Commands held USS Meredith (DD-434)

Harry Enson Hubbard (18 March 1903 – 16 October 1942) was an officer in the United States Navy.

Biography[edit]

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Hubbard graduated from the United States Naval Academy in June 1925, served 3 years in battleship USS Maryland (BB-46), then qualified in submarines at New London, Connecticut. Following duty in submarine S-34, he completed Naval Academy postgraduate work, then served in submarine tender USS Holland (AS-3), and, was executive officer of destroyer USS Twiggs (DD-127). He served at the Naval Torpedo Station at Newport, Rhode Island then commanded destroyer USS Roper (DD-147) 1939 to 1940, before assignment as staff gunnery officer for destroyers in the Atlantic. The latter duty terminated 1 March 1942 when Hubbard took command of destroyer USS Meredith (DD-434).

In command of Meredith, Hubbard helped screen carrier USS Hornet (CV-8) off Japan for the famed Doolittle bombing raids on Tokyo 18 April 1942. Thereafter he conned his destroyer on-arduous patrol and escort from Hawaii to the Samoan, Fiji, and Solomon Islands. His destroyer helped cover transports landing reinforcements on bitterly contested Guadalcanal 18 September 1942.

During the Solomons Campaign, Hubbard joined in maintaining the lifeline of supplies to fighting men holding their ground on Guadalcanal. On 15 October 1942 he fought his ship against Japanese carrier-based scouting planes, then fought off 18 Japanese dive bombers and 12 torpedo planes launched by Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku. His gunners shot down five of the attackers, all the destroyermen following the example of Hubbard who carried on the fight though blinded by burns about his face. When his men had cleared the bridge, he abandoned the sinking Meredith scant moments before she made her final plunge. He perished on a life raft at sea the morning of 16 October 1942.

Namesake[edit]

USS Harry E. Hubbard was named for him.

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References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.