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  1964        Vietnam Era        1974

E - J

A - D         E - J          K - N          O - T         U - Z 

Killed in Action     Wounded in action      POW/MIA    
  Died during active duty     
+ Contracted disease-illness-disability during service

Brief Timeline

May 4, 1964
- Trade embargo imposed on North Vietnam in response to attacks from the North on South Vietnam
August 2 and 4, 1964 - North Vietnamese torpedo boats attacked the U.S. destroyer Maddox in the Gulf of Tonkin. A second attack allegedly occurs on August 4.
March 8, 1965 - The first U.S. combat troops arrive in Vietnam.
April 6-8, 1965 - President Johnson authorizes the use of U.S. ground combat troops for offensive operations
January 23, 1973
- United States, South Vietnam, and North Vietnam sign Paris Peace Accords, ending American combat role in war. U.S. military draft ends. A cease-fire goes into effect 5 days later
March 29, 1973 - Last U.S. combat troops leave Vietnam
April 1, 1973 - Hanoi releases last 591 acknowledged American POWs
April 29-30, 1975
- Saigon falls. U. S. Navy evacuates U.S. personnel and South Vietnamese refugees. The last American combat death in Vietnam occurs. South Vietnamese President Duong Van Minh surrenders. North Vietnamese forces take over Saigon; South Vietnam surrenders to North Vietnam, ending the war and reunifying the country under communist control, forming the Independent Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Washington extends embargo to all of Vietnam
November 11, 1982
- The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, "The Wall," is dedicated in Washington, D.C.


Jerry Lee Edwards
Jerry Edwards
U.S. Army
Hornersville MO    Lawrence MI
b 12-20-1945       d 3-10-2015
69y, 2m, 21d

Buried  in Hill Cemetery
Lawrence MI

Son of
Elmer and Mary Trosper Edwards

Married to
 Joy Fitz Edwards

Resided in
Lawrence MI and
previously in Hartford MI.

Empson, John
John Empson - Vietnam
US Navy - Yeoman 4th Class

In service 1965 to 1967

Served in Port Hueneme, CA;
Danang and Dong Ha Vietnam

HHS Class of 1964
From Hartford MI

John's son, Shane Empson served
in Afghanistan - Iraq 

Fisher, Charles Edward (Pete)

In Service 19__ to 19__
  Wounded in action

From Keeler, MI
 HHS Class of 1968


Fulton, Arthur William
US Navy

In service 19__ to 19__

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1967


Gifford, Jim
Jim Gifford
U.S. Air Force

In service 1968 to 1972

Served in

From Hartford MI
HHS Class of 1963

Son of
Lee & Joyce Gifford

Goss, Orville 'Artie'
US Army
b Jan 26, 1951   d May 19, 2011
  Hartford MI     South Haven MI
Age 60y, 3m, 23d
Buried at
Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery (Silver Creek)


In service
19__ to 19__
Wounded in action

Awards and Medals
Purple Heart

Son of
Orville and Mildred R. (Lewis) Goss.

Member of the
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

Gray, Russell

In service 19__ to 19__

Russell is married to Linda Glasgow Gray, HHS Class of 1965.  

Russell's son, Jeremy Gray (class of HHS 1995), served in the US Navy during the Iraq War.


Green, Laurel Dale
Laurel Dale Green - Vietnam
US Air Force
Air Craft Mechanic - Sergeant
b 10-3-1949

In service 
5-13-1968 to 11-4-1973

Served at Travis AFB, CA; Grissom AFB, IN; Elgin AFB, FL; and 
Bein Ho, VietNam

From HHS Class of 1968
Left school to enter service

Moved to Hartford in 1960 from Dowagiac MI.

Son of
Ernest & Betty (Velthouse) Green
Laurel's father, Ernest Harford Green
served in the Army from 1945 to 1947. Brother-in-law, Rick Bachman,
served in the Army during Vietnam 1967-1969

Married Cheryl Sells HHS 1972.
2002 update
Resides in Roanoke AL

Grissom, John
U.S. Army
b 5-19-1957     12-5-2012
                      Keeler MI
Age 55y, 6m, 19d
of Keeler passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at his home.

     John was born May 19, 1957, in Benton Harbor, the son of John and Hannah (Baldwin) Grissom. John was preceded in passing by his father on June 24, 2010, and by his grandparents.
     John served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was formerly employed as a mechanic at the Flying J, which is now Petro in Benton Harbor.

 Haney, David Wesley
David Haney - Vietnam
US Navy
b 4-18-1945     d 5-10-2009
Lawrence MI     El Cajon CA
Age 64y, 23d

In service 19__ to 19__

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1964

Son of
Wesley & Vivian Haney

Married to
Marilou Haney

Last residence
El Cajon CA

David's brother,
Donald LeRoy Haney,
was also in the military.

  Haney, Donald Leroy

In service 19__ to 19__

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1966

Donald's brother,
David Wesley Haney,
was also in the military.

Robert Lee Hankins
Robert Hankins d 2-1-2016
b 1-15-1949         d 2-1-2016
Blackstone VA      Hartford MI

in service
1969 to 1970

Wounded in Action

Son of
Cortis and Kathleen Hankins

Married to
Andrea Williamsen

Harris, Lowell A.
US Air Force
Airman 1st Class
Aircraft Mechanic
b 12/5/1949
Bald Knob, AR

In service
Honorable Discharge-Hardship

Served in Big Spring, TX

Awards and Medals
Sharp Shooter

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1967

Resided in Harford

Son of
John & Virginia Harris

Married to
Pamela Steinke Harris

2006 update
Resides in Coloma MI

Hogue, George (Ron)

Hollar, Dennis

Hollar, Kenneth Allen

George (Ron) Hogue d 11-27-2009
US Army
b 3-31-1948     d 11-27-2009
Paw Paw MI    Dowagiac MI
Age 61y, 7m, 29d
Buried at
Keeler Cemetery
Hartford MI

In service 1966 to 19__

Served in Vietnam

Wounded in Action

Awards and Medals
2 Bronze Stars
Purple Heart

HHS Class of 1966
From Hartford MI

Son of
George & Faye (Dobson) Hogue

Married to:
Shari Peters Hogue HHS 1970
Cindy Hogue

Employed as a
Machinist for Contech

Last residence
Dowagiac MI

Dennis Hollar - US Army
US Army
Voice Intercept Operator
E5 - Spec 5 Acting Sgt
358th ASA Batallion
b 7-7-1950
Niles MI

In service
Jan 1973 - Dec 1975

Served at
Homestead AFB FL
Ft. Bragg NC and
other various bases.

From HHS Class of 1968

Resided in Hartford
1960 - 1968

Son of
Raymond D and
Jannette H (Cook) Hollar

Married to
Susan (Steffens) Hollar

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


Kenneth Allen Hollar - 9-1966 USAF
US Air Force - E3
Airborne Morse Systems
Radio Operator
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.

2004 update:
Lives in Holland MI.


Hill, David

US Army - Spec 4

In service 1960 - 1963
Served in Germany

Resided in Hartford
1964 to present

Johnson, Lonnie

In service 19__ to 19__

2-2003 Recalled to active duty
during the Iraq War.

Jordan, Thomas Dale
US Army - National Guard
Thomas Dale Jordan - US Army National Guard

In service 19__ to 19__

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1962


Jordan, William Henry
US Army

In service
8/1968 to 11/1969

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1967

Son of
Joseph & Lilah (Clark) Jordan

Married to
Darlene McKean Jordan


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