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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.


Kilburn, Robert

Command Sgt Major (Ret)

In Service
1977 to present
Army Reserve - Military Police
766th Transportation Hdq. Battalion,
So. Bend, IN

1969 to 1977
US Navy
Under Water Demolition Team,
 Aircraft Mechanic,
Plane Captain on Gruman
E2 A&B Radar Planes
Drill Sgt - 70th Div. Training Unit
Medical Combat Support Hospital

Served in Vietnam
Served during Iraq War

1978 to 2002 - Michigan State Police.

Married Connie Swinford Kilburn,
who is from the HHS Class of 1961. 

Kiser, Karl Bacon
US Navy - E5


In service 19__ to 19__


Langston, Michael

US Army 
Medic - Sp4

Vietnam & Japan

In service 1968 -1971

HHS Class of 1966
From Hartford MI

Mike is the son of 
Andrew Langston
who served in WW11 

Larsen, Lawrence L.
Larry Larsen

L/Cpl - E3
b 8-27-1946     d 11-24-2015
Watervliet MI        Hartford MI

Photo was taken just outside
the Marine airbase 
at DaNang, Vietnam 
at 21 years old.

In service 196_ to 19__
HHS Class of 1964
From Hartford MI

Larry is the son of 
Aage and Hildreth Balfour Larsen

Married to
Robyn Brubaker Larsen

Resided in Hartford MI

Aage Larsen, Larry's father, served in WW11.




Lightner, Daniel Keith

Daniel Keith Lightner
US Army
Pfc. - Spec 4
Combat Engineer
b 10-11-1947
Kalamazoo MI

In service
3-1966 to 3-1968

From Jackson MI

Resided in Hartford

Hartford Elementary School and
Grass Lake High School - class of 1965.

Served at
» VietNam - 5-1967 to 12-1967
»  Germany
»  AIT, Ft Leonard Wood MO
»  Basic Training at Ft Knox KY

Retired from Michigan Bell Telephone and received a BA and MA at Spring Arbor Univ

Son of
Keith & Florence Lightner

Dan is the Grandson of Daniel D. Lightner, who served during WW1 and the great-grandson of Marion F. Hoover, who served in the Civil War.

Information and photo submitted by Lyle H. Lighter, brother of Daniel Keith Lightner.

Linderman, Dennis Clark

In service
19__ to 19__

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1967


Lockwood-Soliday, Naomi M.
Chief Enkey and Naomi M. Lockwood-Soliday
(Chief Master Sergeant Enkey
and Naomi M. Lockwood-Soliday)
US Air Force Reserve
MSgt E-7
Civil Engineer,
Administrative Assistant
b 8-16-1953
So. Haven MI

In service
1990 to present - US Air Force Reserve
1972-1979 - USMC

Served in
2004 - Present 917 CES
2000-2004 610 SFS
1998-2001 917 MXS
1994-1998 93 Bomb Squadron
1990-1994 98 MXS
1976-1979 MEPS Station,
Los Angeles and San Diego CA
1972-1976 Marine Corps Air Station
El Toro CA

Served in three major campaigns - Viet Name Era, Desert Storm-Shield, and Iraqi/Afghanistan Campaigns.  Deployed twice in support of the Expeditionary Forces to Saudi Arabia and to Manas Air Base Krygystan.

Medals and Awards
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
» 2) Air Force Achievement medals
» 3) National  Defense Awards

Belvidere High  School Class of 1972

Resided in Hartford 1965-1968

Lyons, William
US Navy 


In Service 19__ to 19__

HHS Class of 1966
From Hartford MI


MacLeod, Bob

Madison, Hersel Berneill

Madarik, Ray

Bob MacLeod 1964
US Air Force - Captain
Deputy and Alternate Missile
Combat Crew Commander
Photo taken at Vandenberg AFB, 1964
b 3-16-1940

In Service 1963 - 1968

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1958

Resided in Hartford 1940 - 1962

Served in
1965-1968 Minuteman II Missile crew at Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota
1963-1965 - Atlas F Missile Crew at Vandenberg AFB, Calif.

2004 update
Resides in Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca.

US Army - Medic
b 10-4-1945          d 12-31-06
Monette AR         Hartford MI
Age 61y, 2m, 29d

In service 19__ to 19__

HHS Class of 1965
From Hartford MI

Son of
Hersel and Lillie (Cheatham) Madison

Berneill's son,
Tye Berneill Madison,
served during Desert Storm. Daughter-in-law,  Barbara Hamilton Madison, served during Desert Storm and Iraq. Nephew, Robert Lighter, is serving in the US Navy during the Iraq War period and nephew, Billy Curl, served in the the US Army during Desert Storm and Iraq.


US Army - Specialist 5
USARHAW Headquarters
b Dowagiac MI

In service
6-14-1966 to 3-14-1969

Served IN
US Army Hawaii Headquarters

From Keeler MI
HHS Class of 1965

Son of
Andy & Joyce Klett Madarik


Malling, Vik C.
US Air Force Reserve - Colonel
Civil Service GS-13 as Air Reserve Technician

In service
1-1969 to 9-1975
 active duty in Air Force.
12-1976 to present
Active Air Force Reserve.
Scheduled retirement 5-2004.

2001 to present 
Director of Safety for 
HQ 4th Air Force, March ARB 
3-1999 to 4-2001
Wing Commander 
940th Air Refueling 
Wing Beale AFB, CA.    
8-1997 to 3-1999
Vice Commander 4 Air Force
March ARB, CA 
 1-1995 to 8-1997 
931st Air Refueling Group
McConnell AFB, KS
4-1993 to 1-1995
 Operations Group Commander
 927th Air Refueling Wing Selfridge ANG, MI  
2-1985 to 4-1993
Squadron Operations Officer
940th Air Refueling Wing 

Have flown the KC-135 
since 1970 and have 
over 8500 flying hours.

Luftwaffe F-3 on boom

Vik Malling 1975
Photo taken in 1975

Resided in Keeler 1952-1964
HHS Class of 1964

Married Ruth Rush Malling.

Hometown was Tempe AZ prior to being drafted in 1968. 

b2 cloud

Legion of Merit
» Meritorious Service
Medal with 2 Bronze 
Oak Leaf Cluster
» Air Medal with 
1 Oak Leaf Cluster
» Air Force Aerial
 Achievement Medal 
» AF Commendation Medal
» AF Achievement Medal
» Air Force Outstanding Unit
 Award with 3 Bronze
Oak Leaf Clusters
» Air Force Combat Readiness Medal with 1 Silver and 3 Bronze
Oak Leaf Clusters
» National Defense 
Service Medal
» Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
» Vietnam Service Medal
» South West Asia 
Service Medal
» Armed Forces
Service Medal
» AF Longevity 
Service Award
» Armed Forces 
Reserve Medal
» AF Small Arms Marksmanship Ribbon
» Air Force Training ribbon
» Republic Vietnam
Gallantry Cross
» NATO Medal
» Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal
» Kuwait Liberation Medal

Click here to view other photos of aircraft in flight being refueled.  Vik provided these photos...they are awesome!

Malich, Garry
US Marine Corp.
Lance Corporal
b 8-5-1943

In service
10-11-1966 to 10-10-1968

Served in Danang Vietnam
for 13 months

From Decatur MI
Decatur High School
Class of 1961

Keeler Twp. resident
since 1982

Information submitted by Garry's cousin, Bernice Rudell on 12/28/2002

Manning, William (Bill)
US Army Security Agency 
Morse Intercept, Crypto Analyst Specialist E5

b 4-4-1947           d 12-29-2005
Pennsylvania           Hartford MI
Age 58y, 8m, 27d

In service 1967 - 1970

Served in
Ben Hoa, Long Bien Viet Nam

Medals and Awards
National Defense Service Medal
» Viet Nam Service Medal
» Viet Nam Campaign Medal
» Meritorious Unit Citation
» United Valor Citation

From Houston TX
Spring Branch High School, Houston TX Class of 1965

Resident of Hartford since 1975

Active in Boy Scouts, Multiple Sclerosis Society,
Hartford United Methodist Church, Hartford Lions Club, Hartford Public School functions, and last employed at the Hartford Public Library

Bill's son, Jeremy Manning
was also in service and a graduate of
West Point Military Academy

McClurg, Charles D.
US Army - Pfc E3

4th Infantry Division
b 7-5-1949    d 12-25-1967
Age 18y, 5m, 21d

Entered service 8/11/1967
Killed in hostile action
(possibly friendly fire)
on 12/25/1967 while missing in Quang Ngai South Vietnam 

From Bangor MI
member of 
HHS Class of 19__

Vietnam Memorial Wall
Panel 32E - Row 058

Click here to visit the
Vietnam Memorial Wall and do a search for Charles McClurg


 McConnell, Thomas James
US Army
b 7-1-1951            d 8-1-2014
Watervliet MI        Keeler Twp MI

from Keeler MI
HHS Class of 1969

son of
Allen and Tinnie (Miller) McConnell

Married to
Nancy Hoyt McConnell

Last Residence
Keeler MI


McFarland, Terry

 US Navy
- Cryptologist
 Senior Chief-CTRCS Ret.

USS Liberty
Vietnam, Italy, Guam, Japan, Hawaii, Philippines, Germany, Maryland-USA

       » Purple Heart
   » Combat Action Ribbon
»Presidential Unit Citation
   » Good Conduct Awards
   » Navy Unit Commendation
       » Humanitarian Service Award
       » Navy Achievement Award.

HHS Class of 1963
From Hartford MI

McGuire, Duane

US Navy - Seabee

Steelworker - SWF-3

b 11-23-1945     d 10-15-2013
Paw Paw MI         McNiel AR

In service

Served at
Port Pueneme CA
Adak AK
DaNang Vietnam

» Vietnam Service Medal

From Hartford MI
HHS Class of 1963

Resided in Hartford
1950 - 1977

Son of
Dave & Jane (Palmer) McGuire

Married to
Rita (Kinard) McGuire

Last residence
McNeil AR

Meachum, Dwight R.
US Army
Sgt E-5

In service 1969-1970 and

Member of 
HHS Class of 19__

Graduate of
Moses Lake High School, WA 
Class of 1975

Dwight's brothers, William E. "Willie" Meachum and Maurice Meachum, also served in the US Army.  His wife, Kathleen Meachum, served in the US Army during the Vietnam era.


Meachum, Kathleen J.
US Army - E4
Company Supply Clerk

In service 1974 - 1976

Moorestown High School, Moorestown NJ Class of 1971

Kathleen's husband, Dwight Meachum, also served in the US Army during the Vietnam Era

Resided in Hartford since 1976


 Meachum, Maurice Eugene
U.S. Army
82nd Airborne Division.
b 4-6-1938         d 10-14-2007
Hartford MI           Hartford MI
Age 69y, 6m, 10d

In service
19__ to 1962

Son of
Richard & Mildred (Reed) Meachum

Joan Smith Meachum

Resided in Hartford MI

Retired from Cast Matic of Stevensville after 25 years of loyal service. Member of the Van Buren Sportsman’s Club and American Legion Post 362 of Coloma.

Meagher, Gary

US Army

In service 19__ to 19__
Wounded in Action

HHS Class of 1968
From Hartford MI

Melville, Thomas

In service 19__ to 19__

HHS Class of 1964

From Hartford MI


Melvin, Douglas Clare

Millhouse, John


b 9-30-1949     d 5-19-1982
Age 32y, 7m, 19d

In service 19__ to 1982
HHS Class of 1967
From Hartford MI

Died in 1982 of a 
heart attack while on 
active duty in the military.

Doug's parents are
Richard and Maxine Melvin.

Married to
Brenda McFarlin
HHS Class of 1969

Doug's son, Steffen Melvin (HHS Class of 1989), served during Desert Storm in Kuwait.  Re-entered service in 2003 and served during the Iraq War in Kuwait.

John Millhouse
US Army
Motor Pool Supervisor - SP5
b 12-7-1943 Dowagiac MI

In Service
2-1966 to 2-1968

Home based out of Ft. Hood TX

Attended Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic and Recovery Vehicle School at Ft. Knox KY. Also attended Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic and Recovery Vehicle School at Ft. Ord CA.

Awards and Medals
» Sharpshooter
Good Conduct

From Keeler MI
HHS Class of 1963

Resided in Keeler until 1995 and then became a resident of neighboring community of Decatur MI.

Moon, Owen

In service 19__ to ____

HHS Class of 1961
From Hartford MI


Moore, Michael Jay
US Army
b 5-23-1947     d
Aug. 3, 2010
Coloma MI         Kalamazoo MI
Age 63y, 2m, 13d

From Hartford MI
HHS Class of 1965

In service
19__ to 19__

Son of
Dave and Roena (Shafer) Moore

Married to
Renee Moore HHS 1976

Retired from Whirlpool Corp. Member of Van Buren sportsman's Club, member of National Rifle Assoc.

Last resided in Hartford MI.

Mike's brother, Ross Moore,
served during the Vietnam Era.


Moore, Ross

Ross Moore - Vietnam
US Navy
b 5-4-1949        d 3-25-2015
Coloma MI       St Joseph MI
In service 19__ to 19__

HHS Class of 1968
From Hartford MI

Son of
Dave and Roena (Shafer) Moore

He was a life member of the American Legion Stoddard Post 93 of Hartford, the DAV Post 17 of Saint Joseph and AMVETS Post 1978 of Niles. Ross also belonged to the Van Buren Sportsman's Club of Hartford.

Ross' brother, Michael Moore,
served during the Vietnam Era.

Mueller, Robert
US Marine Corp

d 9-21-1967

In service 19__ to 9-21-1967
Killed in Action
Hostile, ground casualty artillery,
rocket, or mortar

From South Haven
SHHS Class of 19__

Vietnam Memorial Wall 
26E - Line 105

Click here to visit the Vietnam Memorial Wall and do a search for Robert Mueller



Mundt, Ed
US Navy
Structural Mechanic
Seaman 3rd Class

b               d 10-25-1969
                Meridian MS

In service 1968 to 1970
HHS Class of 1968

Died in an automobile accident
in 1970

Ed's brother, Mylen Mundt, served during the Vietnam era in the US Navy.  His uncle, Lester Mundt, served in the US Army during WW11.


Mundt, Mylen ( Mike)
Mylen Mundt US Navy
US Navy - Lt. Cdr Ret.
Aviation Fire Control Technician (AQB2)
Vietnam and other areas

In service 1967 - 1988

Served on
USS Platte, Operations Officer; 
 USS John Young, Combat Systems Officer; USS Cushing DD-985 Combat Information Center Officer; USS Ajax AR-6  Damage Control Officer, Auxiliaries Officer and Electrical Officer; USS Midway; USS Ranger. Stationed in Memphis TN when Martin Luther King was killed.

Good Conduct, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, National Achievement Award, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Sea Duty Deployment Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Battle "F" Ribbon

HHS Class of 1966
From Hartford MI

Son of
Mylen & Mary (Donnelly) Mundt

Mike's brother, Ed Mundt, served during the Vietnam era in the US Navy.  His uncle, Lester Mundt, served in the US Army during WW11.


Nelson II, Fred
US Marine Corps - LCPL-E3
d 11-1-1969
Age 20

In service
7-31-1969 to 11-1-1969
Killed in Action
Non-hostile, helicopter-crew air loss, crash on land

From South Haven
SHHS Class of 19__

Vietnam Memorial Wall 
16W - Line 14

Click here to visit the Vietnam Memorial Wall and do a search for Fred Nelson II



Newnum, Thomas Joseph

Thomas J. Newnum on right
US Air Force - Staff Sergeant
Munitions Specialist
Weapons Mechanic, Fuels Specialist
b  10/22/1949

(Tom is at right side of the bomb in photo)

In service 4/1968 to 1972

Served in Southeast Asia
Utapao Thailand

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1967

Tom's father, Thomas Wilson Newnum, Jr.  served in the US Army during WW11. 
His son, Thomas Lee Newnum, served in the US Army during Afghanistan-Iraq War.

Norden, David John

Norden, Thomas Fred


David John Norden
US Army - National Guard
In service 19__ to 19__

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1962

Married Linda Murphy,
who is from the HHS Class of 1965

David's brother, Thomas Norden,
also served in the National Guard during the Vietnam era.

Tom Norden
US Army
In service 1964 to 1966

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1960

Tom's brother, David Norden,
also served in the National Guard
during the Vietnam era..

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