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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.

 

Obrig, John
John Obrig d 2-13-2011
US Army
US Army Reserves
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret)

b May 18, 1943      d 2-13-2011
    Oberlin OH       Grove City OH
Age 67y, 8m, 29d
Buried in
Grove City Cemetery
Grove City OH

In service
19__ to 19__

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1961

Son of
Nicholas and Beulah Dague Obrig

Married to
Judi Roberts Obrig

Owner of
John Obrig’s Tax
and Accounting Service

Last Residence
Grove City OH

 

 

Owens, James E.
James Edward Owens - VietN
US Army
b 3-26-1950     d 10-6-2007
  Dell AR        Hartford MI
Age 57y, 6m, 13d

In service 19__ to 19__

From HHS Class of 1968(?)

Son of
Fate and Iduma (Pritchard) Owens

Employed with
Friday Tractor, DuWell, and the Watervliet Foundry

 

Peters, Gary
Gary Peters

Colonel - Retired
Indiana Air National Guard
181st Fighter Wing
F16 Fighter Planes

In service 1973 to 2003

HHS Class of 1969

Served in
Air National Guard
1981 to 2003
US Marines
1973 - 1981

Awards
»
Sagamore of the Wabash
»
5 Flight Safety Awards
» 2 Air National Guard Level Unit
»
Environmental Awards
» General Thomas D. White
»
Environmental Quality Award
» Outstanding Mission
Personnel Flight Award

2003 update
Retired as Commander of the 181st Fighter Wing Indiana Air National Guard in Terre Haute IN.

Gary and wife, Irene, relocated to civilian life in Florida after retirement.
 

Phillips, Jack

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 through Persian Gulf War.

Jack Phillips
US Army
b 2-28-1944       d 8-21-2010
Lawrence MI    Kalamazoo MI
Age 66y, 5m, 23d
Buried in
Keeler Cemetery
Keeler MI

In service 19__ to 19__

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1962
(did not graduate with class,
entered the military instead.)

Son of
Ezra and Helen Patterson Phillips

Married to
Celeste Heffner Phillips

Member of
Keeler General Baptist Church

Lifetime Farmer

Last Residence
Hartford MI
 

Pipkins, George S.

   

   
    b 7-12-1945       d 7-23-2012
Benton Harbor MI    Hartford MI

Buried in
Fairview Cemetery
Watervliet MI

Son of
Paul and Imogena (Nix) Pipkins

Married to
Pauline (Moore) Pipkins

 Employed by
International Student Exchange
Mann Metal

Pomeroy, John Raymond

Pomeroy, Kenneth Mike

Prouty, Allen Harwood


John R. Pomeroy - US Army - VN
US Army
b
Aug. 15, 1948      d April 3, 2005
  Watervliet MI         Watervliet MI
Age 56y, 7m, 20d
Buried in
Fairview Memorial Cemetery
Watervliet MI

In service 196_ to 19__

Lifetime resident of Hartford MI
HHS Class of 1966

Son of

Clarence and Betty (Wood) Pomeroy

John loved sports and often umpired basketball games at Hartford, as well played or and umpired for the
Coloma Softball league. 


John is the brother of Kenneth Mike Pomeroy HHS 1969, who also served during the Vietnam period.



Kenneth Mike Pomeroy - USN - VietN
US Navy
Navy Radio Man
RM2 - Radioman 2nd Class E-5
USS Kansas City AOR-3
b 12-7-1950
Watervliet MI

Picture was taken in the Harbor
of Singapore while on board the
USS Kansas City AOR-3.

In service
7-1969 to 12-1973

Served at:
USS Kansas City AOR-3, USNAVCOMSTA GUAM, Boot Camp Great Lakes IL, Schools Bainbridge, MD and San Diego, CA

Medals and Awards
»
National Defense Service Medal
» Vietnam Service Medal with
2 Bronze Stars
» Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars
» Good Conduct Medal
» Meritorious Unit Commendation

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1969

Son of

Clarence and Betty (Wood) Pomeroy


Ken "Mike" is the brother of
John Pomeroy HHS 1966, who also served during the Vietnam period. 
 


Allen Prouty Vnam
US Army
Lineman
b 6-7-1946      d 7-19-2015
Hartford MI         Ocala FL
Buried in Veterans Administration
Florida National Cemetery

From HHS Class of 1965

In service
1967 to 1972

Served in Vietnam

Son of
Allen Harwood & Marian Smith Pouty

Owned
Prouty's TV & Electronic Service
Worked for Zenith as Engineer for development of the robot, Hero 1

Married to
Sue Tuberville Prouty
Lilly Abarientos Prouty

Retired to Ocala Florida in 2009
 

Ramsey, Ira (Gene) E.

Rice, Scott Joseph Sr. Rice, Terrance Fream


Ira Ramsey Vnam sm
USMC
Aviation Electronics
Helicopter Machine Gunner - Sgt.
and Staff Command Chaplain,
USN Chaplain Corps. 

HMM-363, HMM-362 
Republic S. Vietnam

In service 1962 to 1967,
1981 - Lieutenant Jr. grade
USN Chaplain Corps.

Medals and Awards
» Air Medal
» Combat Aircrew Wings
with 3 Gold Stars
» Navy Commendation Medal
» Navy Achievement Medal
with Gold Star
» Combat Action Ribbon.

HHS Class of 1962
From Hartford MI

 

US Navy
   
b 9-27-1952        d 7-7-2007
Benton Harbor MI    Hartford MI
Age 54y, 9m, 10d

In service
19__ to 19__

Son of
Claude and Arys (Shockey) Rice

Umpired at all levels from little league to high school for 30 years.

Scott's brother, Terrance, also served in the US Navy during Vietnam.

 

US Navy
   b 3-4-1948          d 11-4-2010
Grand Rapids MI     Hartford MI
Age 62y, 8m, 2d

In service
19__ to 19__

Son of
Claude and Arys (Shockey) Rice

Formerly employed by
Watervliet Paper Mill
Blossom Trails Golf Club

Scott Rice, brother of Terrance, also served in the US Navy during Vietnam.

Riley, Roger
US Navy

In Service
10-19-1970
to 5-6-1974

Served at
NAS - Quonset Point, RI

Ships Served on
USS Manley DD940 - Destroyer
Sierra AD18 - Destroyer Tender

HHS Class of 1970
From Hartford MI

2005 - Resides in Bradley IL

 

Robinson, Michael L.
US Army - Spec 4
b 9-13-1945

In service 1962 - 1965

Mike left school to enter the Army, however, he earned his GED.

From Hartford MI

 
 

Ross, Robert
US Army - Sgt

In service 1968 to 1971

HHS Class of 1966
From Hartford MI

Rush, Jerry Wayne
US Army - National Guard
Jerry Wayne Rush - National Guard

In service 19__ to 19__

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1962

Salinas, David Gregory
PFC-E2
Machine Gunner
1st Mar Div, 5th Marines,
2nd Bn, E Co.
US Marine Corps - Reg
b 6/6/1949              d 4/19/1968
                                S. Vietnam
Age 18y, 10m, 14d
Buried in
Arlington Hill Cemetery
Bangor MI

In service
2/4/1968 to 4/19/1968

Killed in Action
Hostile, ground casualty gun, 
small arms fire

Vietnam Memorial Wall
51E - Line 2

From Bangor
BHS Class of 1967

Click here to visit the Vietnam Memorial Wall and search for David Salinas http://thewall-usa.com
or
www.virtualwall.org/iStates.htm
 

Saline, Gary Wayne
Gary Saline - USN 1966-1972
US. Navy
Seabees - EO3
b 6-28-1945     d 6-3-2002
Age 56y, 11m, 7d
Creamated - ashes scattered in woods where Gary loved to hunt in Wala Hala, MI

In service
7-26-1966 to 7-25-1972

Served in
Great Lakes IL, Davisville RI, Coronado CA, Adak AK,

From Keeler MI
HHS Class of 1965

Married Melva Sanders

Resided in Hartford MI

Gary's son, Eric Saline,
served in the US Air Force.
 

Sanders, James
Vietnam

In service 19__ to 19__
HHS Class of 1965
From Hartford MI

Schaus, Neil
Neil Schaus
US Army - 1st Lieutenant
20th Engineering Battalion
4th Infantry Division

Built-repaired roads and bridges.
In service 1965 - 1968

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1963

2004-update.  Lives in Lawrence.
 

Schmalfeldt, Melvin H.
US Navy
Shipfitter Fireman Apprentice

In service 19__ to 19__

Served aboard
USS Long Beach Missile Cruiser
Golf of Tonkin

Helped to maintain positive identification radar advisory zone surveying all aircraft, both enemy and allied, that fly over the gulf and
N. Vietnam

from Hartford
HHS Class of 1966

Son of
Mr & Mrs Melvin H. Schmalfeldt

 

Schnake, Richard
US Army Reserve
1LT-02
d 5-14-1969

In service
6-7-1968 to 5-14-1969
Killed in Action
Hostile, ground casualty multiple fragmentation wounds

From South Haven
SHHS Class of 19__

Vietnam Memorial Wall 
Panel 24W - Line 99

Click here to visit the Vietnam Memorial Wall and do a search for Richard Schnake

http://thewall-usa.com

 

Sefcik, Ronald G.
Ronald Sefcik USN
US Navy - FTG1
 
Fire Control Technician
Mark 56 Gun Fire Control Sys.

USS Piedmont AD-17
USS Coral Sea CVA 43
Great Lakes IL,
San Diego CA,
Long Beach CA, 
San Francisco CA, 
Japan, Vietnam, Italy
4 years, 5 months, 27days 
of sea duty 
   

In service
4-3-1969 to 3-19-1975

Received Citation presented by the Commander of the Seventh Fleet in service aboard the USS Piedmont for outstanding performance of duty in combat and support operations in Southeast Asian waters during the period of 4 Sep 1970 to 8 Jan 1971 providing outstanding repair availabilities and technical support to Seventh Fleet units. In order to insure the overall operational readiness of these units, it was often necessary for the crew to work around the clock to accomplish needed repairs.  

From Bangor MI
BHS Class of 1967
Resides in Hartford MI

Son of
George and Alice (Carlson) Sefcik.  Ron's father, George Joseph Sefcik, served in the US Marine Corps
during WW11.

▪ Owner of AR Controls
▪ Hartford Township Supervisor


Married Emma Thornburg Sefcik, HHS 1966, History of Hartford webmaster.
 

Shelton, Dennis

In service 19__ to 19__

HHS Class of 1961

From Hartford MI

Shindeldecker, Vere
US Army Reserve
Sgt

In service 19__ to 19__

HHS Class of 1966

From Hartford MI

Shirley, Daniel Lee
US Army - Sgt E-5
b 8-7-1948
Erie OK

In service 19__ to 19__

HHS Class of 1966
From Hartford MI

Shirley, Ronald Calvin
b 2-25-1946               d 4-2-1977
Benton Harbor MI        Hartford MI
Age 31y, 1m, 7d
Buried in St. Joseph MI

HHS Class of 1965

From Hartford MI

Simpson, Rick
US Army - Sp4
b 7-3-1947      d 3-12-2008
Ypsilanti MI    St Joseph MI
Age 60y, 8m, 10d
Buried at
Maple Hill Cemetery
Hartford MI

In service 19__ to 19__

HHS Class of 1966
From Hartford MI

Rick was employed with
Heath Corporation and at
Cook Nuclear Plant

Son of
Charles & Laura (Manley) Simpson

 

  Smithley, James Lynn

Buried in Maple Hill Cemetery
Sec. 3 Lot 133
Hartford MI

In service 19__ to 19__

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1964
Died in a car accident in 19__ while on active duty
Stanley, James David
US Marines
b 5-14-1946        11-25-2009
Norristown PA     Hartford MI
Age 63y, 6m, 14d
Buried at
Fort Custer National Cemetery Augusta MI

 Son of
Walton and Mabel (Irvian) Stanley

He was a truck driver for Robinson Trucking, as well as for other companies as a freelance driver.
He was a member of VFW Buck Crosby Post 6 of Kalamazoo.
  

 Stark, Brian W

 

Stoddard, Gary Clinton

Brian Stark d 11-9-2015
U.S. Army National Guard
b 12-8-1951          d 11-9-2015
    Niles MI              Hartford MI
Age 63y, 11m, 3d

In service
1970 - 1976

Son of
William and Marian (Spletzer) Stark

Married to
Theresa Stark

Brian worked as a baker
at the family bakery in Niles.


Gary Clinton Stoddard
US Army - AUS - IN
SP4
b 6-29-1951         d 7-26-1975 s
Age 24y, 28d

In service
1970 - 1972

Awards
» National Defense Serv. Medal
» Good Conduct Medal
» Expert M-16

From Decatur MI
Graduate of Hartford High School
Class of 1970

Gary is the son of Martin Stoddard, who served during WW11.

Stow, Marvin E.

Sutter JR, Richard J.
US Army
b 5-30-1960        d 11-24-2007
  Watervliet MI    Benton Harbor MI
Ashes interred in
Keeler Cemetery
Keeler MI

In service
19__ to 19__

Son of
Richard and Urleen (Whitehead) Sutter Sr.

Mechanic by trade.
 

Sweat, Dewey Reavis
Dewey Sweat
US Navy
b 10-20-1948        d 4-6-2004
  Ware Co. GA      Waycross GA
Buried in Zion Hill Cemetery
Millwood, GA

Lived in Hartford MI
1987 - 1994
 


Marvin E. Stow - Vietn
US Army - Sp4
Clerical Administration
36th Medical Battalion
7th Army Headquarters
b 10-11-1945    d 2-15-2010
  Dyess, AR    Lebanon MO
Age 64y 4m 4d

In service
1964-1967

Served in
36th Medical Battalion in
Hanau, Germany
7th Army Headquarters - Germany
Ft. Knox, KY

Awards and Medals
»
Sharpshooter
» Good Conduct Medal

I was one of the HHS 1964 graduates that entered the service with a classmate on the buddy plan.  His name was Tom (Daughterty) Barnes.  We shared training in an airborne training unit at Ft. Knox KY.  We both took our oaths 5 days after graduating from high school.

From Hartford MI
HHS Class of 1964

Resided in Hartford
1955-1964

Son of
Samuel Lee and
Myrta Gladys (Grigsby Stow

Married to
Nola Belle (Chambers) Stow

Member of Harvest Tabernacle
United Pentecostal Church
Lebanon MO

Retired from
Lebanon Housing Authority
Lebanon MO

 

  Tate, Billy
U.S. Air Force
b
11-4-1942         d 11-19-2015
                               Covert Twp MI

In service
12-1961 to 19 ___

From HHS Class of 1961

Son of
Don and Jewel (Davis) Tate

Married
Shirley Carter Tate

Worked at
Watervliet Paper Mill
Farming on Covert farm.

Thomas, Larry Lee

US Air Force
b  8-24-1952          d 3-21-2009
Kalamazoo MI    
Kairos Dwelling
                        Kalamazoo MI
Age 56y, 6m, 28d

Son of
Edward & Wilma (Trumbla) Thomas

Larry was a mason by trade, doing work on his own and also working for Ernie Daisy for a number of years.

Tibbs, Terry
US Navy

In service 196_ to 19__

HHS Class of 1966
From Hartford MI

Terry's father, Ivan Tibbs Jr. served in the US Navy during WW11

 

Troutman, David Carder
US Navy

In service 19__ to 19__

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1967

 

Tymke, Edward J.
Edward Tymke d 12-2-2015
Combat Engineer

  b 5-19-1945         d 12-2-2015
South Haven MI       Portage MI
Buried at
Mountain Home Cemetery
Otsego MI

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1964

Son of

Edward & Barbara Konkle Tymke

Last Residence
Portage MI

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