Brigadier General Stanley L. Harding graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1935, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. He received his Master of Education Degree from UNH in 1938. General Harding received an ROTC commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Reserves. After graduation, he taught in New Hampshire public high schools and private schools in Massachusetts and New York.
In 1940, General Harding was called to active duty and assigned to the Coast Artillery. Early in World War II, he served as Battery Commander at Fort Hancock and later as an operations staff officer for Harbor Defenses in New York and for the British 21st and United States 12th Army Groups. General Harding worked with Marshal Montgomery and General Omar Bradley during the war effort, serving in England, France, Germany and Belgium. His contributions helped Allied Forces during combat operations in the European Theater.
Following the war, the Army continued to use his proven capabilities in positions of responsibility. He went on to serve as an Assistant Executive Officer on the War Department General Staff, Assistant Inspector General and Chief of the Management Branch in the Office of the Comptroller, as Chief of Special Services for United States Army, Pacific, and as Army Member of the Plans and Operations Division on the Joint Staff of the Pacific Command. He was then assigned as Battalion Commander at Fort Bliss, where he oversaw the training of 3300 artillerymen. Later as Commander of the 1st Antiaircraft Artillery Group, he was responsible in large measure for the continued high standards of instruction at that school. After graduation from the Army War College, General Harding was assigned as Chief of the Army Mission to Saudi Arabia, assisting in the creation of a modern base for the Saudi Arabian Army. Then as Chief of Middle East Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, he contributed substantially to collective security in this vital area of the world. In successive assignments as Division Artillery Commander and Assistant Division Commander of the 2d Infantry Division at Fort Benning, and as Commanding General of the 30th Artillery Brigade on Okinawa, he demonstrated professional competence and leadership in meeting the demands of those important positions.
Throughout his career, culminating in his performance as Commanding General of the 7th Region of United States Army Air Defense Command, his efforts advanced the ability of the Army to promote the security of our country. General Harding retired from the military in 1966. He received 12 military decorations providing service to his country, including the Army Distinguished Service Medal.
Following his retirement, General Harding transitioned to be an executive in two computer corporations. He was the Vice President of Federal Data Corporation from 1970-1973.
For the next five years he prepared for ordination and was ordained a Permanent Deacon in 1981. Stanley Harding served in a variety of ministries in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington from 1981-1991; he was instrumental in establishing a program of Catholic Services at Fort Fairfax in Fort Belvoir, VA.
For outstanding service to the United States Army and national security, Brigadier General Stanley L. Harding is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.