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Men and Women Who Served in the U.S. Military
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Revolutionary War 1773-1783      Civil War 1861-1865      Spanish-Amer War 1898-1902       
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   Vietnam Era 1964-1974      Desert Storm 1990-1991      Iraq 2001-2011 Afghanistan 2001-       Other

 

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Civil War Reenactment
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Civil War Decoration Day photo from Keeler Cemetery
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Some of the Old Boys From Co. D.
1922 photo at the home of Freeman Stowe

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Who are the real heroes?
One of Hartford's own gives a good explanation ... I think you'll agree.
 


     As a country and community, we owe much to the men and women who served so bravely during times of war and peace...many never returning to the families they loved.  To honor them for the extreme sacrifices they made, this section is dedicate to all the Hartford-Keeler men and women who served our country in military service.   We appreciate their dedication and sacrifice to preserve freedom in America.  We thank your families for the hardships and scars they also endured while separated from you and possible loss of their family member.

To submit military information from this website:
 

     If you served in the military, or know of a friend or relative who did, and lived in the Hartford-Keeler area at any time (length of service - wounded, killed in action or not, doesn't make a difference for submission to the website...still want the information) and your name is not shown on this site, follow the instructions below and a profile will be added. 

      1.  Use the Military On-Line Submit Information (or see left menu link...just under the Military icon)
OR click here to download information in .pdf file format to print out and send in.  You MUST have Adobe Reader to open and read this file.  Most computers already have Adobe Reader - if you don't have this program, it can be downloaded FREE from www.adobe.com.  Be sure to let the webmaster know if you have problems opening the .pdf file and the form will be emailed directly to you.
     

      2.  Then, send a photo in uniform from within and email or as an attachment to the webmaster (save in .jpg or .jpeg file format at 75 dpi resolution).  If you have problems sending or don't quite understand how to email photos, email the webmaster and I will try to walk you through the process...it really isn't hard to do. 

     
The information and photo will be proudly displayed with the other military personnel to whom we are so deeply indebted.  For those who do not have email, please contact Emma Sefcik, (269) 621-4349.  If you have a photo to be scanned for inclusion to this site, but don't have a scanner,  let me know, I will be happy to meet with you if in the local area.  


Submitting by snailmail?  Use the following guidelines for details wanted with military photo and/or information.  Be brief, but don't be shy about your accomplishments. 

  • Full name of soldier

  • Dates of service, ex:  1-12-1945 to 12-15-1948    OR   1945  to 1948

  • Branch of service

  • Date of birth

  • If no longer living - date of death

  • Age at time of death

  • Where buried

  • Name and location of Cemetery, lot number (if known)

  • Photo in uniform, if available, with or without spouse.  If no photo in uniform available, a photo about the same timeframe would be good. Save photo in .jpg file format when submitting via email.

  • Wars served in: Revolutionary 1773-1783, Civil War 1861-1865, Spanish-American 1898-1902, WW1  1914-1919, WW2  1939-1945, Korean War 1950-1953, Vietnam War 1964-1974, Persian Gulf 1990-1991, Afghanistan 2001 - present, None - during peace time.

  • Prisoner of War, Missing In Action, Wounded in Action, Killed in Action?

  • If killed during time in service, give date, City-State and cemetery where buried, and lot number.

  • Classification (ex: Fire Control Technician)

  • Name of ship (if in USN) or plane (if USAF), etc.

  • Stationed at?

  • Ending rank.

  • Number of years in service (format:  1966-1968.  If unknown, give estimate)

  • Medals-awards received for bravery, wounds, or general awards,

  • Name of hometown when entered service.

  • Name of hometown school attended, location.

  • Member of the class of what year?  If you left school to enter service, it would be an honor to list your name as a member of the class you would have graduated with....YOU are important to all of us!

  • Years lived in Hartford-Keeler area, if you know estimate.  When?

  • Any interesting stories of unusual situations, extreme sacrifice, or bravery (can possibly meet with you to record this on tape).  Transcripts should be as complete as possible, but all submissions will be edited for clarity and brevity.  Be brief, but don't be shy about your accomplishments.  Since there are many military personnel from our area, not all complete transcripts may be included. 

 

 Our community and country can never 
thank you enough for the life-long sacrifices
 you and your family endured so bravely.
  
For those who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives:

Taps

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the hills, from the lake,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.

Go to sleep, peaceful sleep,
May the soldier or sailor,
God keep.
On the land or the deep,
Safe in sleep.

Love, good night, Must thou go,
When the day, And the night
Need thee so?
All is well. Speedeth all
To their rest.

Fades the light; And afar
Goeth day, And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well; Day has gone,
Night is on.

Thanks and praise, For our days,
'Neath the sun, 'Neath the stars,
'Neath the sky,
As we go, This we know,
God is nigh.

Click here to view the story of Taps

 

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Information for this web site was gathered from personal interviews, newspaper articles, scrapbooks, personal photo albums, and other documented materials - many available to the public at the Hartford Public Library or Van Buren County Historical Museum.  Please report any typographical errors, updated information, or incorrectly stated information to the webmaster for correction.  Reprinting for personal and instructional purposes is permitted, however, unauthorized commercial reprinting of this information or unauthorized linking to photos-pictures on this site is strictly prohibited without written permission from the webmaster. 



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A Pictorial History of Hartford, Michigan
Emma Thornburg Sefcik,
Competent Secretarial Service
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Revised: March 20, 2014