Former U.S. Secretary of the Navy Edward Kunhardt Hildalgo was born in Mexico City in 1912. He immigrated to the U.S and was naturalized in 1936, enjoying prolific military and law careers. He holds degrees from Columbia Law school and Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and practiced with the finest law firms in New York, Paris and Mexico City.

During World War II, he served as an air combat intelligence officer, special assistant to Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal and as a member of the Eberstadt Commission on the Unification of the Military Services. He also was special assistant to Secretary of the Navy Paul Nitze and larger general counsel to US Information Agency. In 1979, Hildalgo was appointed Secretary of the Navy by President Carter.