Port Wing man honored for U.S. Navy serviceA Flag of Remembrance flies Friday for a Port Wing man who served in the United States Navy.
A Flag of Remembrance flies Friday for a Port Wing man who served in the United States Navy.
Hugo Jardine was born Feb. 4, 1900, in New York City harbor as his family was emigrating from Harnosand, Sweden. Three weeks after giving birth to Hugo, his mother and the rest of the family traveled by train from New York to Chicago, then to St. Paul, Minn., and continued by horse and sleigh to Port Wing in the coldest part of the year in the Northland.
When Hugo’s family arrived in America from Sweden, the spelling of their last name was “Gardin.” Teachers changed the spelling to Jardin, then Jardine.
In 1917, when Hugo was 17 years old, he enlisted in the United States Navy. Hugo was stationed on the USS Birmingham in Hawaii. He spent four years in the Navy, and was discharged in 1921. Hugo returned to his hometown of Port Wing and met his future wife Lydia, who was a school teacher. Hugo bought some acreage of wilderness and cleared the land for farming. Hugo and Lydia were married in 1929.
When World War II began in 1941, Hugo tried to return to the United States Navy. In fact, he had orders to be sent to the Pacific Theater of Operations. Unfortunately, after working all day and driving to St. Paul to take his military physical, Hugo failed the eye exam. Hugo certainly knew that his sight was fine, but he did not have any sleep for over 20 hours. Eventually, Hugo did retake the eye exam and passed. However, the military finally informed Hugo that since he had six children and was a farmer, his contribution to the war effort would be on the home front.
Hugo passed away just before his 90th birthday in Punta Gorda, Fla., where he and Lydia had lived the winter months as “snowbirds.”