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First Name: Harry

Last Name: Harty

Birthplace: Grays Point, MO, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: Lafayette

Date of Birth: 25 July 1917

Date of Death: 15 August 1986

Rank or Rate: Vice Admiral

Years Served:
Harry Lafayette Harty, Jr.

Graduate, U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1939

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)
•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)
•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Harry Lafayette Harty, Jr.
Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy

Harry Lafayette Harty, Jr. was born on 25 July 1917 in Grays Point, MO.

Harty attended the Virginia Military Institute and then entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1935. He graduated from Annapolis in 1939 and was assigned to the USS Saratoga. He was aboard the Saratoga during her first action of World War II.

In 1942 Harty attended flight training at Pensacola, FL, and was designated a Naval Aviator. As an aviator, he served as Executive Officer of VP-204, then as Commanding Officer of VP-210 during the Battle of the Atlantic. Among numerous other important staff assignments after the war, Harty was assigned to Staff, Supreme Allied Powers Europe under Field Marshall Montgomery. He later commanded the USS Greenwich Bay, Flagship of the Middle East Force and then was Commanding Officer of the USS Randolph. While in command of the Randolph, he was commended by the Commander-in-Chief of the Atlantic Fleet for operations during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Harty served 39 years in the U.S. Navy achieving the rank of Vice Admiral. He was a veteran of three wars, having served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. During his naval career, he was Assistant Vice Chief of Naval Operations for NATO and was Military Adviser to President George Herbert Walker Bush during the period Bush was Chief of the U.S. delegation at the United Nations. Harty began his long and exceptional naval career in 1935 and did not retire until 1974.

Death and Burial

Vice Admiral Harry Lafayette Harty, Jr. died on 15 August 1986 in Duval County, FL. He is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Gainesville, FL.

Honoree ID: 2613   Created by: MHOH




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