L. RON HUBBARD AND THE U.S. NAVY, 1941-50
3.1 The Navy's View
Unlike L. Ron Hubbard and his followers, the US Navy has consistently presented a clear view of what Hubbard did during his years in uniform. When Hubbard's file was first released to the public in 1986, the US Navy compiled the following summary of L. Ron Hubbard's service career in response to the many enquiries received:
The following information, releasable under the Freedom of Information Act, has been extracted from Mr. Hubbard's personnel record:
COMPONENT ACTIVE DUTY INACTIVE DUTY
USNR-OFF 19 JUL 41-21 SEP 41 USNR-OFF 22 SEP 41-06 OCT 41 07 OCT 41-23 NOV 41 USNR-OFF 24 NOV 41-16 FEB 46 17 FEB 46-30 OCT 50
06 OCT 1941 Honorably released from temporary active duty 16 FEB 1946 Honorably released from active duty 30 OCT 1950 Resignation accepted and honorably discharged from the naval service
Date of Birth: 13 March 1911 Place of Birth: Tilden, Nebraska
19 JUL 1941 Lieutenant (junior grade), U.S. Naval Reserve 15 JUN 1942 Lieutenant, U.S. Naval Reserve
SHIPS AND STATIONS PERIODS DUTIES
Hydrographic Office, 22 SEP 41-06 OCT 41 Bureau of Navigation, Washington, DC Headquarters, THIRD 24 NOV 41-14 DEC 41 Under instruction Naval District District Intelligence 15 DEC 41-17 DEC 41 Under instruction office, TWELFTH Naval District Office of the Naval 18 DEC 41-02 APR 42 Intelligence Attache, American Officer Legation, Melbourne, Australia Headquarters, TWELFTH 03 APR 42-30 APR 42 Intelligence Naval District Officer Office of Cable 01 MAY 42-24 JUN 42 Intelligence Censor, New York, NY Officer Lawley and Sons, Ship- 25 JUN 42-28 JUL 42 In connection building, Newport, MA with conversion of USS YP-422 Naval Receiving Station, 29 JUL 42-01 NOV 42 Senior Watch Long Beach, Long Island, Officer NY Submarine Chaser Training 02 NOV 42-02 JAN 43 Under instruction Center, Miami, FL Fleet Sound School, 03-JAN 43-16 JAN 43 Student Key West, FL Supervisor of Ships, 17 FAN 43-20 APR 43 Prospective CO/ Portland, OR OINC of fitting out USS PC-815 USS PC-815 21 APR 43-07 JUL 43 Commanding Officer Headquarter, ELEVENTH 08-JUL 43-11 OCT 43 Temporary Duty in Naval District the Issuing Office Naval Small Craft 12 OCT 43-01 DEC 43 Under instruction Training Center, Terminal Island, San Pedro, CA Supervisor of Ship- 02 DEC 43-01 DEC 43 In connection with building, Portland, OR fitting out USS ALGOL (AKA-54) and Navigator/ Training Off. USS ALGOL (AKA-54) 22 JUL 44-28 SEP 44 Navigator/Train- ing Off. Chief Ship's Censor Naval Training Schools, 29 SEP 44-27 JAN 45 Under instruction Princeton, NJ Naval Civil Affairs, 28 JUN 45-04 SEP 45 Under instruction Staging Area, Presidio of Monterey, CA Naval Hospital, Oakland, 05 SEP 45-04 DEC 45 Patient CA Officer Separation 05 DEC 45-06 DEC 45 Separation Center, San Francisco, Processing and CA Detachment
MEDALS AND AWARDS
American Defense Service Medal American Campaign Medal Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal World War II Victory Medal
Wife: Louise [deleted] of Port Orchard, Washington Children: Lafayette R. Hubbard (Son) Born: [deleted] Catherine M. Hubbard (Daughter) Born: [deleted] Education: George Washington University, Washington, DC (School of Engineering (2 years))
There is no record of any court-martial or other disciplinary action during former Lieutenant Hubbard's military service.
Mr. Hubbard performed additional service in the Montana National Guard from 19 October 1927 to 28 October 1928 and in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1 May 1930 to 22 October 1931.
Sincerely Yours,R.A. DERR Special Assistant for Officer Correspondence By direction of the Commander, Naval Military Personnel Command
The Navy has never changed its story over Hubbard's career; nearly identical versions of this summary have been issued on request for at least fourteen years (though there are a few minor corrections between the first and the current versions). This is, of course, in marked contrast to the ever-shifting Scientology accounts.
A couple of items have been deleted by the censor for reasons of privacy (though in other copies of the same document released by the US Navy, the deleted details are still intact). It has to be said that there are a handful of minor errors - for instance, he is listed as having been an "intelligence officer" throughout his seven-week posting to the Office of the Cable Censor in 1942, although in fact this status had terminated on May 4, only four days after he had taken up that post. But as we shall see in the following account and analysis of Hubbard's Navy career, the basic accuracy of the official summary can be verified from those records and other corroborative evidence.