Captain Henry (Hank) E. Hirschy, Jr., SC, USN (Ret)

May 23, 2016 | By kgabel
Capt. Henry Eugene Hirschy, Jr., SC, USN (Ret) of Beaufort, North Carolina, passed away April 7, 2015 at his home. He was born in Taunton, Massachusetts on June 13, 1932. He graduated from Taunton High School, Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and the Naval Postgraduate School. Hank accepted a commission in the United States Naval Reserve and served his country for 28 years in the US Navy, having joined in July 1951. He served during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War and retired as Captain after 28 years of service. His first assignment was officer-in-charge of the officer’s club in Sidi Yahia, French Morocco, after which Hank transferred to the Supply Corps of the Navy. Hank was sent to the White House early in the Kennedy Administration. He was assigned as the Supply Officer for the Naval Aide to the President and served as the Director of the Executive Dining Facilities in the White House. In addition to these duties, Hank was responsible for supply and logistic support including food, lodging and other personal services at Camp David and in the Presidential Yachts. During trips away from Washington he was responsible for the staffing and operation of the Presidents Quarters. Hank was selected for Captain in 1974 and was assigned as the Chief of the Vietnamese Navy Supply Support Branch, a job which he held when the North Vietnamese overran Saigon. He was the last US Navy Supply Corps Officer evacuated when Saigon fell on April 29, 1975. He completed his active duty in 1979 after serving as Commanding Officer of the Navy Food Service Systems command, responsible for all shipboard and shore stations dining facilities. He is survived by his wife, their three children, four grandchildren and his brother-in-law. A memorial service was held at Brooks Funeral Home on April 11, 2015. July/August 2015