Paul and Margaret Hardy

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Paul and Margaret Hardy

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Paul Hardy and Margaret Hardy




Paul and Margaret Hardy celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary on January 15, 1953. The couple are standing in front of a cake with a bride and groom cake topper. Three children appear in the bottom left corner of the photograph.

Born on December 30, 1904, in Boise, Idaho, Paul Waldron Hardy (1904-1989) was 14 years old when World War I ended. Two years later, Hardy lied about his age in order to enlist on September 23, 1920, at the age of sixteen. He served three years in the United States Army before being honorably discharged on September 23, 1923. On March 17, 1923, Hardy married Margaret Agnes Bryant. By 1930, the couple have five children: Margaret R. (1924), Anna (1925), Paul Jr. (1926), Hazel (1928), and Dorothy (1929). The family remained in Hartford, Connecticut, until Paul retired from General Motors on September 6, 1965. The couple retired in Bushnell, Florida, until Paul passed away on April 12, 1989. He was laid to rest in the newly opened Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell on April 17, 1989.

In 2017, the University of Central Florida was one of three universities selected to launch the National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program Project. The program engaged a team of scholars to make the life stories of veterans buried in the Florida National Cemetery available to the public. The project engages UCF students in research and writing and fosters collaboration between students, faculty and local Central Florida schools to produce interactive curriculum for k-12 students. The corresponding website exhibit uses RICHES Mosaic Interface to create a digital archive of related data. The public can use the project-developed augmented-reality app at more than 100 gravesites at the Florida National Cemetery, where they can access the UCF student-authored biographies of veterans.


Hardy Family


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Connolly, Lehman
Cravero, Geoffrey

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External Reference

Abney, Barb. "VA Selects UCF Historians to Archive Stories of Deceased Veterans Veterans." UCF Today, March 13, 2017. Accessed August 9, 2017.


Hardy Family, “Paul and Margaret Hardy,” RICHES, accessed July 13, 2024,