Rear Admiral Charles C. Hartigan, USN, (Retired), (1882-1944)
Charles Conway Hartigan was born on 13 September 1882 in Middleton, New York. Appointed from that same state to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, he graduated in February 1906 and completed his two-year Midshipman duty on board USS West Virginia. Commissioned an Ensign in February 1908, he reported to the gunboat Yorktown and was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade in February 1911. During his time on board, he completed the Assistant Discipline Officer course at the Naval Academy and was promoted to Lieutenant in July 1912. Remaining on sea duty, Hartigan transferred in June 1913 to USS South Carolina and participated in the intervention at Vera Cruz, Mexico. On 22 April 1914, he skillfully handled and led his company under heavy fire to ensure the capture of the city. For his "distinguished conduct in battle" on that occasion, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. In January 1915, he became the Executive Officer of USS Dolphin.
In September 1916, Hartigan received orders to the Office of the Judge Advocate General in Washington D.C. During World War I, he was temporarily promoted to Lieutenant Commander in July 1917. After a brief period on board USS Bell, he was temporarily promoted to Commander in July 1918 and commanded the destroyer Cassin. In March 1919, he was assigned duty with the U.S. Mission to Brazil. Hartigan returned to the United States and was assigned to the Office of Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C.. Following this duty, he served on board USS Delaware . In December 1921, he was permanently promoted to Commander and assumed duties at the Bureau of Ordnance. Following the tour, he returned to the U.S. Naval Mission to Brazil. In September 1927, he became Commander, Destroyer Division 25, Destroyer Squadrons, Scouting Fleet. Two years later, he reported overseas to Peking, China for Naval Attache duty. While at this post, he was promoted to Captain in June 1931.
During the summer of 1932, Hartigan returned to the United States and commanded hospital ship Relief. Returning to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in July 1934, he served two years before graduating from the Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island. In June 1937, he assumed command of USS Oklahoma. In February 1939, Hartigan returned to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as Director of the Naval Districts Division. While in this post, he also was appointed as a member, and later Chairman, of the Executive Committee, U.S. Antarctic Service. In June 1941, he was placed on the retired list and was promoted to Rear Admiral. Although retired, he continued to serve on active duty as Assistant Director of the Naval Districts Division on the Chief of Naval Operations staff until relieved of active duty in June 1942. Charles C. Hartigan died on 25 February 1944 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virgina.
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Medal of Honor citation of Lieutenant Charles Conway Hartigan, USN (as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 99):
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