Husband and Wife Pearl Harbor Survivors Grouping
Posted 28 June 2009 - 04:36 PM
Fast Forward to this past month. I received another phone call from the estate sale woman telling me of another sale with lots of military items. Off I go, and I got there later than I wanted so a lot of military items were gone, Helmets, uniforms, etc. Not to be deterred I went to the paper items again and found several hundred pictures. These happened to be more pictures from the Generals Estate sale from 3 years prior!!!! Apparently they did not sell everything the first time and it was combined with another sale. So I got more photgraphs of the General and the hospital at Pearl Harbor, and from his travels to Vietnam, to visit the hospitals there. (This will be part 2 of the grouping that I will post some other time). Well looking through more papers I find the 2 most important pieces of paper to tie Lee Hardaway to the wings and Pearl Harbor. 1st a full length photo of lee in her uniform wearing the wings and second a Certificate of Service from the 7th Fighter Command, signed by General Robert W. Douglas, Commanding General.
The research continues on this grouping, I have over 500 pieces of paper, orders, certificates, papers written by the General on various medical procedures in the field and about 300 photos of Pearl Harbor, Vietnam, his promotions to General, Etc. This will be an ongoing project. Unfortunately I could not save the Generals Flag, but the majority of the documents have remained intact.
The moral of this story is two fold.
1. If you know someone who deals with estate sales, get in touch with them, express your interest in collecting the military items, and ask if you could keep the items together in a group. It may cost more, but it will guarantee that all the items will be kept together. Remember, most of these people who do estate sales see it as making money. If they can get more for each individual item they will break up a collection. It;s just the way things happen
2. If the grouping has been split up. as in this particular case, you never know if more items may surface again in the future. I just about gave up on the WARD wings, but just this past month I found a certificate, a picture and that closes the chapter on this part of the story. So keep looking, you may find more items surface a few years after the initial sale. Keep calling the estate sale people. Remember, they are interested in making money.
Now that everyone is asleep from this story, its time for some pictures. The pictures are of both size wings. There are no markings on the wings and given the amount made, I would suspect that these were made locally in Hawaii. On the large set of wings Lee scratched her name into the back and you can just make it out in the pictures. Sorry for the poor quality. The other picture is of her in uniform, again the quality is not the best, and the certificate showing her service. There is also a picture of the cover of the book and Lee's name listed in the roster. She was a member of the Oahu unit. Enjoy the pictures and I look forward to your comments. I will have more information and pictures of General Hardaways items at a later date.
Posted 28 June 2009 - 04:47 PM
Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:07 PM
This story and the wings are amazing. I have never heard the name of the WARD. I will definitely have to check out the book about the WARD.
I remember one of the John Wayne WWII movies where he goes to an outpost to tell a woman that her husband is MIA. The woman has binoculars and is relaying plane descriptions back to the base. Was she one of these in the WARD?
Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:33 PM
Posted 15 March 2012 - 06:51 AM
Yes, the name of the movie was IN HARMS WAY and the woman at the outpost would have been a WARD. Good pick up. That movie had some big stars, John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda, Patricia Neal, Burgess Meredith
Not sure if the book is still available or not, but try on AMAZON and you might find it. If not, let me know, I think I have 2 copies of the book.
Just an update on the General Hardaway grouping. I was able to get another photograph at William Beaumont Army Medical Center a few weeks ago. The picture is General Hardaway when he was Hospital commander from July 1970 to Aug 1975. I also received one of his named Army Commendation Medals and a color photo of his father General Robert Hardaway. I have several binders of the General's paperwork, awards, medical certificates, group and promotion photos that I will be posting on here in the next few weeks. Some very interesting items.
General Hardaway also wrote several trauma papers based on his experiences in Vietnam and he put these into an official briefing format. I was able to obtain his original notes and color pictures of the evac hospitals he went to observe medical procedures at in Vietnam. Some very neat photos.'
Posted 07 December 2016 - 07:20 AM
I wanted to bring this back up on the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl harbor.
Thank you General and Mrs. Hardaway for y our service to our nation.
Posted 07 December 2017 - 07:53 AM
Bringing this back to the top for the 76th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor..
Thank you again for your service General and Mrs. Hardaway.
Lee Hardaway passed in 2013 and she is buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Rest in Peace Mrs. Hardaway.
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