Terence was born in Wiesbaden, Germany and spent the first three years of his life there. Being born to a teenage mother, he was raised by his grandparents. His grandfather spent twenty years in the United States Army, so moving every two to three years was a normal part of life. The first few years of Terence's life were spent living in places such as Wiesbaden, Germany; Ft. Lewis, Washington; Ft. Bragg, North Carolina; Schwabisch Hall, Germany; and finally settling in Ft. Stewart, Georgia. Terence graduated from Long County High School in Ludowici, Ga in May of 2000.
Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and attended recruit training on Parris Island, South Carolina. He graduated as a squad leader and was promoted to Private First Class directly out of boot camp. Pfc Hardy attended Marine Combat Training and Administration School on Camp Geiger, North Carolina. He was then stationed on Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort for the next four years. After the events of September 11th, 2001 Terence was eager to deploy. He got his chance in 2003 when he deployed to Kuwait with Marine Corps All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533. When it came time to reenlist, Terence was presented with the choice of either changing jobs or leaving the Marine Corps.
He chose to become a M1A1 Tank Crewman and went to attend school in Ft. Knox, Kentucky. After graduating, then Lance Corporal Hardy was giving orders to 2nd Tank Battalion, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. While stationed in Camp Lejeune, Terence deployed in 2005 to Fallujah, Iraq and in 2008 to Helmand Province, Afghanistan. After his third deployment, Sergeant Hardy went to school to become a United States Marine Corps Drill Instructor.
Upon graduating Drill Instructor School Sergeant Hardy was stationed at Mike Company, Third Recruit Training Battalion. During his time as a Drill Instructor, Terence completed four cycles and was sent on quota to Weapons and Field Training Battalion. Staff Sergeant Hardy was medically retired in April of 2012 from the Marine Corps.
After retiring, Terence settled in the Beaufort area where he currently resides with his wife and two sons. He completed real estate school and is now embarking on a new career path of helping the people in the Beaufort, Bluffton, and Hilton Head community purchase their homes.