Retired Navy Capt. Charles C. Hartigan Jr., 62, who served aboard destroyers in the Pacific during World War II and then served in both the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, died of an aneurysm Friday at Bethesda Naval Hospital.
Capt. Hartigan was a 1938 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.
In 1940 he joined the destroyer Hammann. When war broke out the ship was order to the Pacific where it took part in number of Pacific actions, including the Battle of the Coral Sea and the Battle of Midway.
It was during the Midway action that Capt. Hartigan, a gunnery officer, earned a Silver Star. Hurled from his station by an explosion he "swam back to the sinking ship in order to pull a mess attendant clear."
He later earned a Gold Star in lieu of a second Silver Star for heroism during a 15-hour action in the Solomon Islands campaign.
In 1944, he was named commander of the destroyer Farragut and was awarded the Bronze star for his actions during assaults on Guam, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
Capt. Hartigan served as executive officer of the battleship New Jersey during the Korean War.
He commanded a destroyer squadron that served for a time in Vietnamese waters during the conflict there.
Capt. Hartigan retired in 1968 after serving two years in the Pentagon in the Navy Foreign Liaison Office.
Born in Washington, he was the son of the late Navy Rear Adm. Charles C. Hartigan Sr. Capt. Hartigan attended schools in China when his father was naval attache there and later graduated from the Severn School in Severna Park, Md., before entering the Naval Academy.
In addition to his other medals, he earned the Purple Heart.
Capt. Hartigan was a member of the Chevy Chase Club and the Army Navy Club.
He is survived by his wife, Frances M., and two daughters, Cynthia M. and Margaret T., all of the home in Chevy Chase; a son, Christopher C. of Key West, Fla.; a sister, Margaret H. Barton of Virginia Beach, and a grandchild.