HARDY A. NANCE 02/02/2012 (1919 - 2012) DCA - America First
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HARDY A. NANCE 02/02/2012 (1919 - 2012)

February 2, 2012

I found your address on a web article about a survivors reunion for the USS Bismarck Sea. My father, Hardy A. Nance transferred off if the ship at Pearl Harbor just before she headed off on her last mission so he wasn't technically a survivor, but he really enjoyed the reunion group, attended many reunions, and helped host the group in Richmond, Virginia, a few years ago.

He was 3 months shy of his 93rd birthday. A link to his obituary. Is at

Best regards,

Charles Nance
Richmond VA

February 2, 2012

Dear Charles,

I received your email today and thank you for the information regarding your father. It would be an honor to post his obituary, and other information regarding his service, on the USS BISMARCK SEA website at:   Please let me know if that is what you would like for me to do.

Also, feel free to send more information and photos regarding his service aboard the BISMARCK SEA if available.

Best regards,


February 2, 2012

Yes, that would be wonderful. Thanks.

Obituary reads as follows:

Hardy A. Nance

(April 27, 1919 to January 30, 2012)

Hardy A. Nance
Richmond, Virginia
April 27, 1919 to January 30, 2012

Another of the "Greatest Generation" left us on January 30, 2012. Hardy A. Nance was born in Richmond on April 27, 1919, a son of Richard Earl "Dick" Nance Sr. and Alice Beatrice Dowdy Nance. He was a lifelong Richmonder who lived the last 10 years at the Covenant Woods community in Hanover County. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Verner Sirles Nance; and two children, a daughter, Page Nance Brock (Mrs. Jim Brock) of Long Beach, California; and a son, Charles H. Nance and his wife, Liz Nance, of Richmond; and by three grandchildren, Bryan M. Krupin (Zena) of Manhattan Beach, California, Caroline Cover Nance of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Mary Page Nance of New York City. He had two great-grandchildren, Harrison Krupin and Tatum Krupin, also of Manhattan Beach. Mr. Nance was the last survivor of five siblings, including Richard Earl Nance Jr., Helen Nance Walker (Mrs. Wilbur Walker), Thomas Wilson Nance Sr. "Jack," and Dorothy Nance Clark (Mrs. Adrian W. Clark). Other survivors include his sister-in-law, Kathleen Nance Jordan of St. Petersburg, Florida; brother-in-law, Adrian W. Clark of Richmond; brother and sister-in-law, Jack W. and Betty Sirles Miller of Richmond; sister-in-law, Dorothy Sirles Fitzgerald of Richmond; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A descendant of early Virginia settlers and war veterans, Mr. Nance was proud of his service to the state and country. In 1937, he joined the Richmond Light Infantry Blues (later, the Virginia National Guard), while still a student at "old" John Marshall High School, following his two older brothers into that storied unit. He enlisted in the Navy in 1940, serving on the flight crew of several aircraft carriers, including the Bismarck Sea, the last U.S. ship sunk in World War II, leaving active duty in 1946 as a Navy Chief. Recalled to service in the Korean Conflict, he again served at sea in the Pacific 1950-1951, and was a member of the Navy Reserve until 1959. In later years, he enjoyed his association with the Navy League and the Bismarck Sea survivors' organization.

Mr. Nance was a VEPCO and Reynolds Metals retiree. He was initiated into Lewis Ginter Lodge #317 in 1950, serving as Worshipful Master in 1959. He was a member of Manchester Lodge #14, receiving his 60-year pin in 2010. He was a founding member of the H.E.L.P. Club, former president of Granite Recreation Association, and an active volunteer at the Hospital Hospitality House, Inc. He held servant-leader positions at Westover Hills United Methodist Church, where he was a member for nearly 60 years, and where his memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 4, at 11 a.m. Committal at Westhampton Memorial Park will be private. The family will be at home for visitors Friday afternoon, February 3, from 3 to 5 at 7090 Covenant Woods Drive. Memorial contributions may be made to Westover Hills United Methodist Church, 1705 Westover Hills Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia 23225, to Covenant Woods, 7090 Covenant Woods Drive, Mechanicsville, Virginia 23111, or to a charity of your choice .

Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch on February 1, 2012

-- We all salute a Hero here and for his patriotism. God's speed Hardy Nance.

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