Dow Franklin Hardy, the son of Arthur and Carrie Hardy, was born on June 14, 1930, in Schenectady, New York. He played basketball for the Star Overall team and graduated from Nott Terrace High School in 1948. The national division of the city league was won by Star Overall. Dow worked for the Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation.

Dow enlisted in the  United States Navy and held the rank of Enlisted Fireman. He was assigned to the USS Hobson at the time of the destroyer's collision with the USS Wasp. On April 26, 1952, Dow and 175 other men perished. Dow is remembered at the USS Hobson Memorial in South Carolina.

Sources: The Schenectady Gazette, Find A Grave, Ancestry