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      1990        Desert Storm - Persian Gulf       1991
August 2, 1990 Iraq invades Kuwait -  August 7, 1990 Operation Desert Shield Begins
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Beam, Richard Alan
US Marine Corp.
E5 - Extraction Team
b 4-30-1970

In service 1988 to 1992

Served on the USS Nassau as part of the Extraction Team with the USMC.  Served with VMA 331 (Harrier Jets)

First daughter, Brittany, was born while
serving in Operation Desert Storm.

Resided in Hartford 1974-1975
From West Ottawa HS
Class of 1988

2003 update
Resides in Holland MI.

Richard is the son of Robert (Bob) Beam
(HHS Class of 1966) and Lupe Beam. 
Bob served during Vietnam.  Brother, 
Richard Alan Beam, served during the
Persian Gulf War-Desert Storm. Grandfather, Clare H. Beam, served during WW11.  His ggreat grandfather, John Jordan Beam, served during the Civil War.  his grandfather, Clare Herbert Beam, served during WW11 and his great great grandfather, John Jordan Beam, served during the Civil War.

Information submitted 6-21-2003
by Robert (Bob) Beam.

Darling, Rob

Goodrich, Timothy Lee


Rob Darling

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1990


Tim Goodrich - US Army
US Army
Spc. - E4
Ft. Ord, CA

In service 1988 to 1991

Awards: Army Service Ribbon, Lapel Button, National Defense Service Medal, Driver and Mechanic Badge, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle and Grenade Component Bars, Army Achievement Medal

From Coloma MI
Coloma HS Class of 19__

Married to
JoAn Goodrich

Moved to Hartford MI in 1997

Hamilton, Amy
US ARMY  2LP - CPT

In service 1993 to 1996
South Korea 
C, Co 122 Signal, 2 ID
Fort Bragg NC 
D, Co. 237th Signal

1989 - 1993
Michigan Army National Guard
E-1 through E4 and Cadet

HHS Class of 1989

Georgia State Univ.1998
MS in Urban Studies
Eastern Michigan Univ.1993
BS in Geography

Amy's sister, Barbara Hamilton Madison,
served in the military.

2002 update - working as a 
civilian DOD contractor in Kosovo
 

Hamilton Madison, Barbara
USMC Reserves - Spc
Switch Operator
Mobile Subscriber Equipment

In service 1987 to Present

HHS Class of 1988

Barbara's husband, Tye Madison, served in the military.  Her sister, Amy Hamilton also served in the military.  Father-in-law, Berneill Madison, served during the Vietnam Era.

4-2003 - Called up for active
duty during Iraq War and stationed somewhere in Baghdad.
5-2004 - Returned home from Iraq.

From Hartford MI
Resides in Hartford

 

Huddleston, Michael J.
US Army - Colonel
Master Aviator
Exec. Officer of the
34th Combat Aviation Brigade
82nd Airborne Div
25th Infantry Div

In service
1983 to present

1993 to Present - National Guard
1983 to 1993 - Active Duty

Served in
Operation Desert Storm, Iraq

Completed over 2000 helicopter hours, Airborne, Jumpmaster, and Air Assault Training

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1978

Received ROTC scholarship and graduated
as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Western Michigan University in 1983.

2006 - Promoted to Colonel with
the Minnesota National Guard.

Son of Von Dean and
Betti Miller Huddleston

Madison, Tye Berneill
 USMC Reserves
Engineer
b 7-28-1970

In service 1988 to 19__


Watervliet High School
Class of 1988


From Hartford MI

Resides in Hartford MI

Tye's wife, Barbara Hamilton Madison,
was also in service. Hersel Berneill Madison, Tye's father, served during VietNam.  His cousin, Robert Lightner, is currently serving in the US Navy during the Iraq War period.
 

McClernan, Timothy
McClernan, Timothy
US Army

In service 19__ to 19__
 

Melvin, Steffen
 Steffen Melvin USMC
US Marines - Cpl
C Company, Bulk and Fuel
1st Platoon, with the 6th Engineer
Support Battalion, 4th FSSG
 
b 3-11/1972     d 6-17-2007
Ft. Bragg NC    Phoenix AZ
Age 36y, 3m, 8d
Military burial at the
National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
Phoenix AZ

In service 19__ to 19__

Served during
Desert Storm in Kuwait. 
2002 -
Re-entered service and
 served during the
Iraq War in Kuwait.

HHS Class of 1989
From Hartford


2007 - Journeyman Lineman with
Arizona Public Service Utilities


Steffen is the son of
Douglas (HHS Class of 1967) and Brenda McFarlin Melvin (HHS Class of 1969).  His father, Douglas Melvin,  served during the Vietnam War.
 

 
Noles, Allen
Michigan Army National Guard - Sergeant
US Navy - Avation Electronics Technician - 3rd Class
 
Allen Noles - US Navy, US Army Reserves
b 10-10-1970
South Haven MI

From Hartford MI
HHS Class of 1988

Resided in Hartford 1981-1988
 

In service
2000-2006
Michigan Army National Guard
1988-1992
US Navy - Atlantic Fleet

Served at
HHC - 126 Armor
(Michigan Army National Guard)
Operation Iraqi Freedom 2004-2006,
FOB Freedom, Baghdad
USS Forrestal (US Navy)
Operation Desert Storm 1991

Medals and Awards
Army Good Conduct Medal
Army Commendation Medal
2 Army Achievement Medals
Navy Good Conduct Medal
2 National Defense Medals
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terror Medal

1994 to present
Police Officer
Accident Investigator
Grand Rapids MI

Allen also served in Iraq.
 


Phillips, James
Military Police

 Sergeant First Class
b 6/16/52

In service
5/10/71-10/30/91

Served in
FT Leavenworth, Ord, Stewart, Richardson, Knox, Lewis

Medals and Awards
MSM, ARCOM, Aircraft Crew member badge, others

Retired from Army in 1991 and hated the decision ever since. Once a soldier - always a soldier.

From HHS Class of 1970

Resided in Hartford 1952-1971

Served Vietnam through Persian Gulf War.


Pool Bowman, Leia Denise
aka Leia Denise Ruff
US Army
Specialist
18th Airborne
b 6-12-1970

In service
1991 to 1993 Active Duty
1989 to 1991 Reserves
1988 to 1989 Active Duty

Served at
Ft. Benjamin Harrison IN
Ft. Bragg NC

HHS Class of 1988

Resided in Hartford
1980-1988

Pool, Preston Wayne
aka Preston Wayne Ruff
US Army - Sergeant
Military Police and Trainer
b 3-1-1968

In service 1988 to 1993

Served in
Ft. McLellan AL
to train new MP soldiers,
Haiti 1988-1989,
Germany
Triple Nickel at Ft. Lee, VA

HHS Class of 1986

Resided in Hartford
1980-1988
 

Sexton Drake, Debbie

Shelton Brimberry,
Rebecca Lynn
US Navy
Air Traffic Controller

In service 1988 to 1995

From HHS Class of 1988

From Hartford


Debbie Sexton Drake - US Navy
US Navy

In service 19__ to 19__

HHS Class of 1986

Miss Hartford 1986
 

Terkos, Michael
USMC and US Army Special Forces
PFC - E7
b 9-6-1970
Niles MI

In Service
10-1989 to 2011


Served in:
Afghanistan, Pursian Gulf, Somalia

Camp Pendleton CA
Ft Campbell KY
Ft Bragg NC

From Dowagiac MI
HHS Class of 1989
   
 

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A Pictorial History of Hartford, Michigan
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