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secretary of navy , lawyer

Edward Hidalgo, American lawyer, former secretary of navy. Bar: New York 1936, Mexico 1959, District of Columbia 1976. Decorated Bronze Star, Royal Order of Vasa (Sweden); Order of Aztec Eagle (Mexico). With United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1945. Member of Chevy Chase, Met.


Hidalgo, Edward was born on October 12, 1912 in Mexico City. Son of Egon and Domitila (Hidalgo) Kunhardt. came to the United States, 1918, naturalized, 1936.


Bachelor magna cum laude, Holy Cross College, 1933. Juris Doctor, Columbia University, 1936. Civil law degree, University Mexico Law School, 1959.


He had previously served as Assistant Secretary of the (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) from April 1977 to October 1979. At the age of six his family moved to New York where he became a citizen and anglicised his name. During World War II he was a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

In this capacity he held several positions. From 1942 to 1943 he served in Montevideo, Uruguay, as a legal advisor to the ambassador to the Emergency Advisory for Political Defense. For the remainder of the war he served as air combat intelligence officer on the carrier USS Enterprise (CV-6).

From 1945 to 1946 he served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the , James Forrestal. In 1972 he left the firm to resume government service as Special Assistant for Economic Affairs to the Director of the US Information Agency. The following year he became General Counsel and Congressional Liaison of the Agency.

Secretary of the Hidalgo served from April 25, 1977 as Assistant Secretary of the (Manpower, Reserve Affairs and Logistics). On September 13, 1979 President Carter announced the nomination of Hidalgo as Secretary of the , replacing W. Graham Claytor, Jr. One of his priorities was recruitment of Hispanics into the , particularly in the officer corps.

After his term as Secretary of the he became a consultant with General Dynamics Corporation, a defense contractor that he had negotiated a $643 million settlement with while Secretary of the. He was paid $66,000 for his services which he said were related to the Air Force's F-16 program. Hidalgo was married 3 times, the first two ending in divorce and the third with his death in 1995 from cardiac arrest.

He had four children.


  • 1943: Bronze Star Medal, U.S. Navy1945: Special Commendation Ribbon, U.S. Navy1963: Knight of the Royal Order of Vasa, Kingdom of Sweden1980: Order of the Aztec Eagle, Republic of Mexico.


With United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1945. Member of Chevy Chase, Met.


Married Belinda Bonham. Children: Joanne, Edward, Richard, Tila.

Egon Kunhardt

Domitila (Hidalgo) Kunhardt

Belinda Bonham

Joanne Hidalgo

Edward Hidalgo

Richard Hidalgo

Tila Hidalgo