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Hugh David Black

HUGH DAVID BLACK
Lieutenant Commander

 

I pass the street that bares Hugh D. Black’s name which runs into Oradell Avenue in Oradell for years now. I put a roof on a house only a few blocks away and not until now did I find out about Hugh David Black.

He graduated from Hackensack High School in the early 1920’s and went on to have a stellar career in the United States Navy until on February 28, 1942, only shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941, and our
declaration of war against Japan and then Germany. The ship Hugh D. Black commanded was sunk off the coast of Cape May, New Jersey.

In May of 1943, they named a ship in his honor USS BLACK (DD-666), 1943-1971.
Hugh David Black’s name is listed on the original Wall Unit at
Hackensack High School Row 7 down 32.

Let us never forget his sacrifice.

 

Click here to view Hugh David Black's street sign.
Click here to view United States Naval Academy
‘Lucky Bag’ yearbook photo 1926 with write up.
Click here to view the Harvard Crimson newspaper which published this article shortly after finding out
Hugh D. Black had been killed in action off
the
coast of Cape May, New Jersey.
Click here to view Naval Historical Center
information on Hugh D. Black.
Click here to view Naval Historical center information on the ship the USS Black (DD-666) 1943-1971 which was named in honor of Lieutenant Commander Hugh David Black.
Click here to view <Together we served.com> information on Hugh D. Black which has a little more detail about the sinking.

Click here to view Bergen Evening Record Articles.

Click here to view Naval Historical Center information on the
ship Hugh Black was commanding when it was sunk the

USS Jacob Jones (Destroyer #130, later DD-130).
Click here to view Hugh Black's High School Photos.
Click here to view 1921 H.H.S. yearbook information titled "History of the class of 1921".

Click here to view 1921 H.H.S. yearbook information labeled "H.H.S Graveyard" about outgoing seniors.
Click here to view 1921 H.H.S. yearbook information labeled "Class Statistics".

 

The background is of the the American destroyers USS Jacob Jones (DD 130) and USS Claxton (DD-140) in New York City:
http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/130.htm