Ralph Alexander HARDEE


HARDEE Ralph A - 11 IR 5 ID

Source : Jeff Hall
AGE22 yo
FAMILYParents : Furman Walker & Reba Hudson HARDEE
RANKFirst Lieutenant
FONCTIONPlatoon Leader
STUDENTCadet Company : A (Source: Sphinx 1941)NE
DATE of ENLISTEMENT 23 janvier 1942 Fort  MC Pherson Atlanta GEORGIA
BATTALION3rd Battalion
REGIMENT 11th Infantry Regiment
DIVISION 5th Infantry Division
DATE OF DEATH9 August 1944

HARDEE Ralph A - 11 IR 5 ID

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PLACE OF DEATH Sainte-Gemmes-sur-Loire



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Distinguished Service Cross

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World War II Victory Medal 

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HARDEE Ralph A - 11 IR 5 ID

Source : The Citadel Memorial Europe 

 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.”

HARDEE Ralph A - 11 IR 5 ID

Source : The Citadel Memorial Europe 

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Ralph A. Hardee (0-439504), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, 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.
Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 122 (1944)
Home Town: Fulton County, Georgia

The State, Columbia, S.C., September 6, 1944, p.3.
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. Lt 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.

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16 Oct 1939  Days of Combat/Jour de Combat  270
   Casualties/Victimes 12 818

Entered Combat/Entré au combat

16 Nov 1944 Normandy  

Commanding Generals/Commandants généraux

Brig. Gen. Campbell B. Hodges (Oct 37 - Sep 40)
Maj. Gen. Joseph M. Cummins (Sep 40 - Jul 41)
Maj. Gen. Charles H. Bonesteel (Jul 41 - Aug 41)
Maj. Gen. Cortlandt Parker (Aug 41 - Jun 43)
Maj. Gen. Stafford L. Irwin (Jun 43 - Apr 45)
Maj. Gen. Albert E. Brown (Apr 45 - Jun 46)


Normandy (6 Jun 44 - 24 Jul 44)
Northern France (25 Jul 44 - 14 Sep 44)
Rhineland (15 Sep 44 - 21 Mar 45)
Ardennes-Alsace (16 Dec 44 - 25 Jan 45)
Central Europe (22 Mar 45 - 11 May 45)


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The 3d Division is the only American Division which fought the Nazi on all fronts. The Division first saw action in the North African invasion, landing at Fedala, 8 November 1942, and capturing half of French Morocco. On 10 July 1943, the Division made an assault landing on Sicily, fought its way into Palermo before the armor could get there, and raced on to capture Messina, thus ending the Sicilian campaign. Nine days after the Italian invasion, 18 September 1943, the 3d landed at Salerno and in intensive action drove to and across the Volturno and to Cassino. After a brief rest, the Division was ordered to hit the beaches at Anzio, 22 January 1944, where for 4 months it maintained its toe-hold against furious German counterattacks. On 29 February 1944, the 3d fought off an attack by three German Divisions. In May the Division broke out of the beachhead and drove on to Rome, and then went into training for the invasion of Southern France. On 15 August 1944, another D-day, the Division landed at St. Tropez, advanced up the Rhone Valley, through the Vosges Mountains, and reached the Rhine at Strasbourg, 26-27 November. After maintaining defensive positions it took part in clearing the Colmar Pocket, 23 January18 February 1945, and on 15 March struck against Siegfried Line positions south of Zweibrucken. The Division smashed through the defenses and crossed the Rhine, 26 March 1945 ; then drove on to take Nurnberg in a fierce battle, capturing the city in block-by-block fighting, 17-20 April. The 3d pushed on to take Augsburg and Munich, 27-30 April, and was in the vicinity of Salzburg when the war in Europe ended.


La 3ème division est la seule division américaine à avoir combattu les nazis sur tous les fronts. La Division a été la première à intervenir lors de l’invasion nord-africaine, atterrissant à Fedala le 8 novembre 1942 et capturant la moitié du Maroc français. Le 10 juillet 1943, la Division effectue un assaut en Sicile, se fraye un chemin jusqu'à Palerme avant que l’armure puisse y arriver et se lance à la conquête de Messine, mettant ainsi fin à la campagne sicilienne. Neuf jours après l’invasion italienne, le 18 septembre 1943, la 3D a atterri à Salerno et, dans une action intense, elle a traversé le Volturno et Cassino. Après un bref repos, la division reçut l’ordre de frapper les plages d’Anzio, le 22 janvier 1944, où elle resta en garde pendant quatre mois contre les contre-attaques allemandes. Le 29 février 1944, le 3ème combat contre une attaque de trois divisions allemandes. En mai, la division sortit de la tête de pont et se rendit à Rome avant de se préparer à l'invasion du sud de la France. Le 15 août 1944, un autre jour J, la Division débarqua à Saint-Tropez, remonta la vallée du Rhône, traversa les Vosges et atteignit le Rhin à Strasbourg les 26 et 27 novembre. Après avoir maintenu des positions défensives, elle a participé au déblaiement de la poche de Colmar, le 23 janvier 18 février 1945, et le 15 mars, elle a frappé les positions de la ligne Siegfried au sud de Zweibrucken. La division défonça dans les défenses et traversa le Rhin le 26 mars 1945; puis a continué à prendre Nurnberg dans une bataille féroce, capturant la ville dans des combats de bloc par bloc, 17-20 avril. La 3d se poursuit à Augsbourg et à Munich, du 27 au 30 avril, et se trouve à proximité de Salzbourg à la fin de la guerre en Europe.
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