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May 26


“Meet and Greet

Saturday, May 26    ►Noon – 3 pm


Hartford United Methodist Church
425 E. Main Street
Hartford MI

Meet and welcome our new Amish neighbors

Donuts, baked goods, and other items

available for purchase



  Sponsored by Hartford City and Township Welcome Committee

May 30


Memorial Day Observance
Honoring Our Veterans

10:00 a.m. Hartford Parade through town to Ely Park.
▪ 10:30 a.m. Hartford
Ceremony in Ely Park immediately following parade.

▪ 12:00 p.m. Keeler Parade - starts at corner light and on to Keeler Cemetery.
    ▪ 12:30 p.m. Keeler Memorial observance at Keeler Cemetery immediately following parade. 

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1939 « World War 11» 1945

1964 « Vietnam Era » 1974

Anderson, Roy (Andy)
US Army - Private 1st Class
3rd Division
Army of Occupation

Roy Anderson - WW11
In service
3-1945 to

Served in
Muchen and Dachau Germany,
Ft. McCellan in Aniston AL

       Was drafted in early March, 1945.  After basic training at Ft. McCellan in Aniston, AL, I boarded the USS America for a 4-day journey to Germany as part of the Army of Occupation. At first, we pulled guard duty at the train station. This was headquarters company of the 3rd Division.  The war crime trials had just started and I was selected to be a Security Guard inside the courtroom. Being of German family decent, I could understand some of what was being said and this was a very interesting experience. 
       The opportunity arose for a transfer to Special Services to play baseball.  We all had our own private living quarters with the mess hall and cooks.  Practice was held almost every day when a game was not scheduled.  We had our own bus for transportation to other outfits to play other teams all over.  Most of the time, our mornings were free to do what we wanted.  Met a fellow on our ball club, by the name of Perkins, who liked to play golf.  There was a golf course nearby that was pretty bombed out, but had a couple of greens still intact with bomb craters in the fairways.  Perkins was a very good golfer and excellent instructor and talked me into learning to play golf.  We had golf clubs and balls at the Special Service building. There was an E.T.O. tournament later in the summer and Perkins said that we were going to get in it.  We practiced every chance we could.
        Perkins made the championship flight and I qualified for first flight.  Having caddied at home, I had some experience.  Perkins lost in his second match in match play.  I played 5 matches and won them all and received a medal for winning the first flight in the E.T.O. championships.  There were many pro's and top amateurs in the service.
        We started playing basketball at the Special Service Center that fall.  We had the likes of John Mandrich, University of Oregon - All American, the Illinois wiz-kids Vance and Phillips, and many top college players.
         Early that spring, the 3rd Division headquarters were sent home and I was sent to Muchen and Dachau.  Dachau was the prison camp where several thousand people (prisoners) were executed.  The bodies were gone, but the blood-stained walls in the buildings were evident. The gas furnaces remained where prisoners were tortured and cremated.
         Played on the softball team and was written up in the
Stars and Stripes E.T.O. newspaper.  I played center field.  The right and left fielders were put into the infield and I covered the whole outfield and earned the name of Plastic Man Anderson.  Several days later during a game, I slid into 3rd base, my spikes hooked the bag anchor and I tore the tendons in my right foot.  Due to this injury, I was put out of commission for a long time after my discharge.
         Went overseas on the USS America in a 4-day journey and returned to the United States on a Victory Ship that took 15 days. 

Married Donna Vanderlyn Smith (HHS Class of 1943)
and resided in Hartford since 1975.

Ken Hollar
US Air Force - E3
Airborne Morse Systems
Radio Operator

Kenneth Allen Hollar - 9-1966 USAF

b 11/03/46
Niles MI

In service


Served at
Kelly AFB
Jun 1969-Aug 1970
Tan Son Nhut Air Base
Saigon, South Viet Nam
(now Ho Chi Minh City)
Apr 1968-May 1969
Udorn, Thailand
Jul 1967- Mar 1968
Technical Training
Biloxi AFB, Biloxi MS
Basic Training
Lackland AFB, San Antonio TX

Medals and Awards
» Distinguished Flying Cross,
» Air Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters,
one for each 25 combat
missions flown-102 total)
» Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
» Good Conduct Medal
» National Defense Service Medal
» Vietnam Service Medal
(2 Bronze Stars)
» Republic of Vietnam
Campaign Medal.

From HHS Class of 1964

Resided in Hartford
1960 to 1966

Son of
Raymond D and
Jannette H (Cook) Hollar

Ken's father,
Raymond Hollar, served during WW11.  His brother, Dennis Hollar, served during VietNam.

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Jun 1
HHS Graduation

High School Gymnasium
Hartford Michigan

  7:00 p.m.


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