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Died during active duty     
+ Contracted disease-illness-disability during service

World War II - Brief Timeline

Prelude to World War II
January 30, 1933
- Adolf Hitler and the Nazis come to power in Germany, forming the Third Reich
July 7, 193
7 - Chinese fired on Japanese troops in Peking
March 15, 1939
- Nazi troops seize Czechoslovakia
April 7, 1939
- Italian troops occupy Albania

September 1, 1939
- Germany invades Poland
September 3, 1939 - Great Britain and France declare war on Germany. Australia and New Zealand declare war on German.

World War 11 begins.
September 5, 1939 - South Africa declares war on Germany
September 10, 1939  - Canada declares war on Germany
September 17, 1939 - Poland falls to Germany
November 20, 1939 - Soviet forces invade Finland

Beginning of United States active involvement in World War II

December 7, 1941 -
Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; also attack the Philippines, Wake Island, Guam, Malaya, Thailand, Shanghai and Midway.
December 8, 1941 - United States declares war on Japan
February 5, 1942 - United States declares war on Thailand
June 6, 1944 -
Major turning point of World War II, D-Day. By nightfall on June 6, 1944, Hitler's Atlantic Wall on the rugged French beaches at the Coast of Normandy, had been breached by combined allied American, British, and Canadian forces,  accompanied by contingents representing the governments-in-exile of Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, and Poland.  D-Day remains the largest seaborne invasion in history.
May 8, 1945 - V-E Day. President Truman declares victory in Europe
September 2, 1945 - Formal Japanese surrender ceremony on board the MISSOURI in Tokyo Bay as 1,000 carrier-based planes fly overhead; President Truman declares VJ Day.

Hadley, Elmer Eugene "Gene"
US Army

b  9-16-1922 Berrien Springs MI
d 9-17-2000 Zephyrhills FL
Age 78y, 3d
Buried at
North Shore Memorial Gardens
Hagar Shores MI

In service 19__ to 19__

Served in the Philippines

Member of Hartford Fire Department for 35 years, Assistant Fire Chief for 19 years, Member of Hartford Ambulance Service for 9 years, Hartford Councilman for 8 years


Haight, George S.
George S. Haight US Army W2
US Air Force
b 2-20-1924         d 1/1/1968
Age 43y, 10m, 12d

(exact DAY of death not certain)

Served in Marina Islands

Serving 19__ to 19__

From Hartford MI
HHS Class of 1941

Letter to Home 1945

George's brother, Fred Haight, served in the US Navy during Korea.


Hall, George S.
George S. Hall - W2
US Army

In Service 19__ to 19__

Ft. Knox  KY

From Keeler MI

Photo submitted by
Robert Hall, brother of
George Hall, 4-22-2003

Be sure to check out the photo of some of the "Keeler Boys"

Hallgren, Roger

US Army - Signal Corps 
Technician 4th Class

In service 1945-1947
Stationed in Italy

From Norway, MI

Norway High School 
Class of 1945

History, Physical Education Teacher and Girls Basketball Coach at Hartford High School for several years.

Moved to Hartford in 1952

Hampton, Jr John William
US Army - retired
Lieutenant Colonel
b 12-13-1914           d 5-4-2004
     Hartford MI         Gainesville FL
Age 89y, 4m, 24d

Son of

Married to
 Meta Elizabeth Hampton

District Soil Conservationist for the USDA in North Florida for over 30 years and retired in 1978.

He enjoyed long-distance running. He competed in more than 40 marathons, including Marine Corps Marathons, London, and Pike's Peak, which he ran at 81 years old.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War.


Hand, Keith A.

b 7-4-1922     d10-26-2007
                    Berrien Center MI
Age 85y, 3m, 24d
Buried at
North Shore Memorial Gardens
Coloma MI

In service
19__ to 19__

Dorothy Geisler in Chelsea MI

Son of James & Cassie Hand

Retired as Laundry Engineer from Whirlpool Corporation

Last residence
Hartford MI

Helweg, Otto 

US Navy -

In service 19__- 1946

Served in WW1 and WW11

Earned 15 battle stars, 14 in the Pacific and 1 in the invasion of Sicily. Nine of the ribbons he earned during the first 3 years of the war. 

Helweg's last battle action in the war was aboard the carrier San Jacinto which engaged in one of the final heavy strikes against the Japanese home islands. 

Former Commander of the Stoddard post of the American Legion of Hartford

1945 article with Ernie Pyle, War Correspondent.

HHS Class of 19__

Hoffman, George H.

U.S. Army
b  5-2-1929        d 10-7-1984
                          Hartford MI


Hogue, Fred

Killed in Action

In service 19__ to 19__

See WW11 Memorial

HHS Class of 19__



Hollar, Raymond D.

Hubbard Jr., Ralph
US Army
- Captain

Served in the field artillery in Italy,
France, and Germany.

In service 19__ to 19__

HHS Class of 1936

Two setters to Home 1944, 1945



US Army
Supply Clerk - Tec/5
132nd Signal Co.
42nd Rainbow Division

b 3-19-1915           d 6-5-1999
   Nappanee IN        Kalamazoo MI
Age 84y, 2m, 19d
Buried at
Sumnerville Cemetery
Pokagon Twp MI

In service
8-27-1943 to 1-8-1946

Served at
Rhineland, Central Europe

Awards and Medals
American Theater Ribbon
EAME Theatre Ribbon with
2 bronze stars
Good Conduct Medal
Victory Medal WW11

Son of
Joseph and Sylvia (Pippenger) Hollar

Jannette Cook

Lived in Hartford from 1960-
1966 and 1982-1992 and in Kalamazoo MI 1996 until his death. He was a former treasurer-financial secretary for Grace United Methodist Church in Niles MI, Paw Paw United Methodist Church in Paw Paw MI, & Hartford United Methodist Church in Hartford.

Raymond's sons, Kenneth Hollar and Dennis Hollar
served during the Vietnam War. 

4-2008 - Information and photo submitted
by his daughter, Jean Hollar.

Hunt, Grady Lee
US Army
b 3-26-1921         d 5-1981
Columbus GA     Watervliet MI
Age 60
Buried at
Keeler Cemetery
Keeler MI

In Service
19__ to 19__

Keeler MI
(resided in Keeler most of adult life)

Information submitted 8-8-2007
by his son, David Lee Hunt

 Hurlbut, Charles Hial

In service
19__ to 19__


From Hartford MI


Hurlbut, Franklin J.
US Navy
b 7-14-1911     d 4-26-2009
Bendon MI     Pinckney MI
Age 97y, 9m, 15d

From Hartford MI
Attended Hartford High School

Son of
John & Harriet (Swan) Hurlbut

Married to
Mary (Adams) Hurlbut

Retired truck driver.

Owned the Midget Lunch Room Restaurant during the 1930s.


Hurt, James


  Ishoy, Albert (Don)
US Navy
- Signalman

Served aboard the LSM
in the Pacific Theater.

HHS Class of 1944

James Hurt - W2
US Army Corps of Engineers
b 5-13-1922    d 1-8-2005
  Chicago IL     Hartford MI
Age 82y, 7m, 29d
Buried at
Maple Hill Cemetery
Hartford MI

In service 1942 to 1946

Resided in Hartford MI
most of his life.

Served in
England, France, and Germany

James' son-in-law, Bill Williams,
served during the Vietnam Era.

Jensen, Ronald Lee
U.S. Navy
b 8-13-1927        d 3-18-2014
Grand Rapids MI       Hartford MI
Age 86y, 7m, 6d
Buried in
Watervliet City Cemetery
Watervliet MI

Attended Watervliet High School
Watervliet MI

In service
19__ to 19__

Son of
John & Gladys Guinard Jensen

Married to
Carol Lee Schmidt-Jensen
Anita Jensen

Ron also served in the
U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Member of the Hartford American Legion-Stoddard Post 93 and Hess Eastman Post 174 in Lawrence MI.

Owner of the first
Hartford Auto Repair in Hartford MI

Jetzke, Edward Sgt.

In service
12-5-1942 to 2-9-1945

Killed in Action
 while in Germany
See WW11 Memorial

HHS Class of 19__

Johnson, Allen Dean
US Army - Pvt.
b 3/19/1924     d 9/27/1990
Age 66y, 6m, 10d
Buried at
Ft. Custer National Cemetery
Augusta MI
Plot 11 0 2216

Last residence:  Hartford MI

Johnson, Charles Henry
Killed in action


See WW11 Memorial

Was supposed to have been driving General in a jeep when it exploded from a land mine. 

Son of
Jay Fowler and Adeline (Meachum) Johnson

Charles lived his entire life in Hartford.

HHS Class of 1937

Information submitted by
Virginia (Ginny) Meachum in 2002.

Photo from the album of
Roy (Bud) Davis.


b 1-15-1920      d 6-4-1944
Age 24y, 4m, 19d
Buried in the National Cemetery, Italy.

In service 19__ to 6-2-1944

Served in Italy

Hartford Day Spring

Lt. C.H. Johnson Killed in Action Serving in Italy.

       First Lieutenant Charles H. Johnson. Hartford soldier, was killed in action in Italy on on June 2, according to a message received from the war department by his father, Jay Johnson, Sunday morning, July 2.
       The telegram stated: "'We regret to inform you of the death of your son, First Lieutenant C. H. Johnson, who was killed in action in Italy June 2."  A letter giving more complete details was expected to arrive in Hartford some time this week.
       The Hartford soldier, who was serving with a mechanized unit of the fifth army, somewhere in Italy, had written three letters to relatives which were dated June  2. In his last letter to his father, also written June 2, he spoke of plans for contacting Captain Ralph Hubbard. another Hartford serviceman in Italy, but stated that as yet, the two had been unable to see each other.
       Lt. Johnson entered service April 1, 1943, receiving his initiatory training at Camp Roberts, California. At Fort Benning, Georgia, he was commissioned second lieutenant November 9, 1943, and was then transferred to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where he remained until sent overseas. He shipped on February 16, 1944, going first to North Africa, where he remained a few weeks, and thence into Italy.
       The 24-year-old youth was born in Hartford township January 15, 1920, and attended the Hartford public school for twelve years.  After his graduation in 1937, he studied at Michigan State Normal College in Ypsilanti for a year, returning to assist his father in the management of their large farm south of Hartford. until his entrance into military service.
       Besides his father, he is survived by one sister, Mrs. Jean Matieu of Bridgman.
       Lt. Johnson was the sixth Hartford serviceman to give his life in the present world conflict.  Other Hartford casualties have been Sgt. Robert O. Timmons, who died in a plane crash in Utah; Jay Jordan, who was killed in action in the Pacific while serving with the marines; Fred Hogue, killed in action; Lt. Hartford Kolb, who crashed with his plane off the coast of Florida, and James Stevens. first Hartford serviceman to be listed as a casualty.


Johnson, Frank (Nary)

In service 19__ to 19__

HHS Class of 1944



Johnson, Peter
Peter Johnson d 12-28-2009
US Navy
b 6-27-1920       d 12-28-2009
Mansfield MO     Little Rock AR
Age 89y, 6m, 3d
Buried at
North Shore Memory Gardens
Hagar Shores MI

In service
19__ to 19__

Son of
John & Opal Johnson

Married to
Bobbie Jean Johnson

Founder of
Johnson's Heating
Coloma MI


Jordan, Jay
US Marines

Killed in action at

See WW11 Memorial

Hartford Day Spring

       A memorial service for Jay Jordan, former popular Hartford high school athlete who was killed a year ago while fighting with the Marines in the Pacific, will be held at the Methodist church in Hartford at 3 o'clock on Sunday, July 9.
       No previous service for him has been held because Mrs. Jordan, residing in Ypsilanti, was loath to accept the report of her husband's death until a member of his company recently home on furlough visited her and not only confirmed it but supplied the details lacking in the war department's advices.
       Mrs. Jordan elected to hold the service in Hartford where the dead Marine spent the greater part of his life, instead of in Ypsilanti where he was living at the time of his enlistment.
       The Veterans of Foreign Wars, members of the American Legion and Auxiliary, Mothers of World War 11 and other patriotic groups, together with the myriad friends of the deceased in this community will be interested in attending this tribute to his memory.  The Rev. Wm. E.Goltz will speak.  Other details of the service will be announced in the Day Spring next week.

HHS Class of 1936

Jordan, Ora Jack
US Army

Killed in action at Luxemburg on 1/29/1945

See WW11 Memorial

HHS Class of 1936

Joyner III, George Edward
US Navy
b 2-9-1927        d 7-7-2001
Judsonia AR                          
Age 74y, 4m, 29d
Buried in Coloma Cemetery
Coloma MI

Drove Hartford school bus for 7 years.

Karpus, Anthony

Killed in action
See WW11 Memorial

HHS Class of 19__

  Kehrer, Allyn R
Allyn Kehrer d 1-28-2015
U.S. Army
Sergeant - Weather Observer,
plotted weather maps and decoded weather signals.
b 1-1-1918         d 1-28-2015
Keeler MI          Jackson MI
Age 97y, 28d

In service
1942 - 1945

Served in
China Burma India Theater

Son of
Lloyd and Estella Kehrer

Married to
Ruth Radde Kehrer

Kelley, Raymond
US Army -
82nd Airborne Division

Kelley, Richard
US Army

In service
6-1940 - 1945

June 10,1944 captured
POW of the Germans
Liberated from a 
German prison camp 1/31/45.

Hartford Day Spring 

Russians Free R. Kelley from Nazi Prison - Paratrooper Back in U.S., Coming Here

Liberated by advancing Russian armies, S-Sgt Raymond Kelley, 26, Hartford paratrooper, is on his way home after 10 months in a German prison camp.

Completely out of touch since last June with anyone he knew except a fellow prisoner with whom he had trained, Kelley arrived in the United States this week and telephoned Mrs. Charles Hafer, a high school classmate, at Hartford to obtain the address of his father and that of Miss Muriel Van Riper.

The Sergeant's father, Harry Kelley, had moved from Hartford to Benton Harbor and then to Niles, where he is now living at the Powell hotel, since Sgt. Kelley was lost in action last June 9.

Got Word From Moscow
At Ann Arbor, where she is a nurse at University hospital, Miss Van Riper told how reports of Sgt. Kelley's whereabouts were relayed to her by his father. About three weeks ago, she said, the elder Kelley received notice from Moscow that his son had been liberated by Russian troops fighting in Germany. A week later Kelley received a letter which his son had written in Italy.  In it Sgt. Kelley said that he was on his way home. 

Although he was permitted to make only one five-minute telephone call and could not tell his location, Sgt. Kelley is believed to have called Mrs. Hafer from an east coast port, probably Boston, for a shipload of liberated war prisoners arrived there Sunday night.


Received No Mail
Sgt. Kelley told Mrs. Hafer that he had received no mail from home since his capture last June. However, cards which he wrote from a prison camp near Kuestrin, Germany, reached Mrs. Van Riper and his father.

The sergeant, who was officially listed as missing on June 8 but said he was captured June 10, 1944,  told Mrs. Hafer that he was in good health and excited to be back in this country.

He declared that he would return to Hartford as soon as possible and would describe some of his experiences then.  His last visit here was in May, 1943.

Hunger Hinted
In the letter which he wrote to his father from Italy, Sgt. Kelley said that he had expected that he could eat voraciously after his liberation, but found when he finally was freed that he could eat only a little at first.

Kelley entered service in June 1940.  He had been overseas since December 1943.  It was last Aug. 4 that his father learned that Sgt. Kelley was missing.  A month later he was reported a German prisoner.  At the same time he was awarded the bronze star for meritorious service.

Landed Before D-Day
He was a member of the 82nd airborne division, which landed in Europe by parachute and glider several hours before D-Day. Three hours before the invasion began, the division had captured an important junction.

Sgt. Kelley was graduated from Hartford High School in 1936.  Two of his brothers are in the service.  Sgt. Richard Kelley is with the Army in China and Pat Kelley is a navy gunner's mate in the Pacific.

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1936


Kelley, Pat

US Navy - Gunner's Mate
USS Alabama
b 12-16-1922      d 1-28-2011
                        Jackson MI
Age 88y, 1m, 14d

Photo taken just prior
to leaving for service

In service 19__ to 19__

HHS Class of 1940

Married to Jean Kelley

Resided in Jackson MI

Kesterke, Erwin (Sonny)
US Air Force and Reserves
b 8-31-1926          d 5-4-2010
South Haven MI   
Shelbyville, Ky
Age 83y, 8m, 4d

In service 1945-1946

From Hartford MI

HHS Class of 1945


Member of the
 Swing and Sway with Sonny K Band while in High School

Son of
Erwin & Helen (Gould) Kesterke

Married to
Jacqueline (Calvin) Kesterke
HHS 1945

  Last residence
  Finchville KY

Kiefer, James F. 

US Army 
b  8-26-1920    d 1-26-2013
Willshire OH       Keeler MI

Age 92y, 5m, 2d


In service 1942-1944

Served in:
Pearl Harbor, Hawaiian Islands

Son of
James & Wilma Daly Keifer

Photo with wife, Elaine Kiefer

From Litchfield MI

Resided in Keeler Mi

Kime, Ingelow "Joe" Jasper
US Navy
Chief Warrant Officer
b 7-21-1913             d 2-18-2006
Watervliet MI      Berrien Springs MI
Age 92y, 6m, 31d

In service
1941 - 1949

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1931

Member of the
Ancient Order of the Deep,
Crossed the Equator on the
USS Henry T. Allen

Life longer member of VFW

Son of
George W. and Esther (Wise) Kime

Last residence - Berrien Springs MI

Kime, Russell
Russell Kime - W2
US Army
b 2-23-1924          d 2-5-2006
Kalamazoo MI       St Joseph MI
Age 81y, 11m, 15d

In service 1942 to 1945

Wounded in action

Served in Germany
Battle of the Bulge

Bronze Star Medal

From Hartford MI
HHS Class of 1941

Lifetime member of the
St. Joseph Elks Club


Kling Davis, Marion L.
Marion Kling Davis W11 1944
Cadet Nurses Corp.

Completed Nurses Training and received R.N. in 1946, after the war ended.  Would have gone into service, probably the Navy, if the war had continued.

HHS Class of 1943
from Hartford MI

Married Roy "Bud" Davis HHS 1942, who served in the US Army Air Corp.


Knight, Frederick Lawrence
Fred Knight
US Air Force
US Army - Buck Sergeant
136th Infantry - 33rd Division
b 10-22-1920           d 9-4-2008
Comstock MI          Hartford MI
Age 87y, 10m, 14d
Buried in
Fairview Memorial Cemetery
Watervliet MI

In service
9-1942 to 12-1945

Served in the South Pacific.

Martin High School
Martin MI

Son of
Roy and Irene (Peas) Knight

Married to
Reva (Buskirk) Knight

Retired in 1982 after 20 years as supervisor at DuWel of Hartford.


Knutson, Alvin H
US Marine Corps
b 9-12-1921    d 12-16-2003
                     Victorville CA

In service
1940 to 1945


From Keeler MI
HHS Class of 1940


 After graduation Al volunteered for service in the United States Marine Corps and was on active duty when the United States was plunged into World War II by the sneak early Sunday morning attack on Hawaiis Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Imperial Navy.  He fought a series of Pacific Island campaigns including bloody hand-to-hand encounters on Tarawa and Saipan as a member of the Marines illustrious Second Division.  In keeping with Marine Corps policy he was granted a one-month R and R (Rest and Recuperation) leave upon completing two full years of combat duty.  After spending his leave in Keeler, he returned to the Pacific where he served until wars end.  Amazingly, he completed his combat tours without being wounded.


After leaving the Corps (once a Marine, always a Marine) he decided to remain in California, married, raised his family, making his career there.

Kolb, H. Hartford

Killed in Action

In service 19__ to 19__

See WW11 Memorial

HHS Class of 19__


Lamb, Robert 
Robert Lamb, US Air Force
US Air Force - Maj. Ret.

In service 194_ -19__

HHS Class of 1938

From Hartford MI


Lammon Gerber, Mary E.
US Navy
IBM Operator
b                    d 6-12-2008
Hartford MI     Silo Circle Storrs CT
Age 84
Buried at
Ellington Center Cemetery
Ellington CT

In service
19__ to 19__

Daughter of
Floyd & Zora (Luce) Lammon



LaMotte, Maiteland Robert

Robert and Trixie LaMotte - W11
US Army
b 11-26-1918          d 3-22-1998
Hartford MI     Tompkinsville KY
Age 79y, 3m, 26d
Buried at
Bowman Cemetery
Poplar Log KY

(photo above is of Maiteland and Trixie
taken on their wedding day in 1944)

In service 19__ to 19__

Maiteland painting a picture of Trixie while stationed
on the Aleutian Islands while in the Army.

From Hartford MI
Class of 1938

Professional Photographer for
University of Michigan.

Langston, Andrew 

US Army -
Tec 5
1/2 Track Driver
b 19__        d 11/8/1991
Age 66y

In service 1944-1946
Luzan, Philippines

From Paragould, Arkansas
Attended Senath MO 
High School, class of ?
moved to Hartford in 1954

*Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon
*Philippines Independence Ribbon
* Army of Occupation Ribbon (Japan)
*Victory Ribbon
*2 Overseas Service Bars

Andy is the father of 
Michael Langston
who served in Vietnam.


LaPorte, Ward W.

US Army
Military Policeman
b 4-10-1925       d 4-10-2012
  Hartford MI      Cassopolis MI

In service
19__ to 19__

Served at
Governors Island, New York City.

Son of
George and
Carrie Pearson LaPorte

Married to
Dorothy May Edmunds LaPorte

 He and his wife owned a farm implement business west of Cassopolis for more than 16 years. Ward farmed and enjoyed everything about red antique tractors, including tractor pulling. He participated in the first Annual Tractor Crossing of the Mackinac Bridge and in the 50-mile Half Century of Progress Tractor Drive in Rantoul, Ill., with his son, Bruce, and several nephews.

Larsen, Aage 
Aage Larsen, US Navy - W11 1942-1945
US Navy - 2nd Class
USS Fond Du Lac APA 166 
b 2-22-1922

In service 1942 - 1945

Shown with wife, 
Hildreth Balfour Larsen

WHS Class of 1940
From: Watervliet MI

 Resided in Hartford
 from 1946-present

Aage and Hildreth are the parents of Larry Larsen, who served in Vietnam

Larsson, Gene Ludwin

US Army Air Force
Radio Operator and Gunner
Staff Sergeant
b 12-25-1923    d 7-9-2010
  Dows IA      Hartford MI
Buried in
Maple Hill Cemetery
Hartford MI

In service
11-1-1942 to 1-6-1946
Honorable Discharge

Flew over 2000 hours
in European Theater

Son of
Harry and Iris (Tuel) Larsson

Married to
Marge Larsson
Nancy Williams Larsson

Employed by Cassopolis Dairy, Producers Creamery, Duffy Motts, and then retired as superintendent of aseptic operations from Michigan Fruit Canners in June 1987.

▪ Hartford United Methodist Church
▪ A past Master and life member of the Cassopolis Masonic Lodge and a 32nd degree Mason.
▪ Life member of the Hartford Lions Club
▪ Hartford Board of Review
▪ Hartford Planning Commission
▪ Former Hartford City  Councilman


Leach, Harold (Jack)

Lee, D. Paul

US Air Force - Pilot
1st Lieutenant
b 1-16-1922    d 3-26-1991   
Age 69

In service 9-1944 to 10-1945

Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters
* Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with
five battle stars
* Philippine Liberation Ribbon

HHS Class of 1939

From Hartford MI

The Hartford Day Spring

     Harold Jack Leach, former Air Corps, First Lieutenant, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for "extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight on March 24."  Co-pilot on a Liberator bomber, Leach was discharged from active service three weeks ago, after serving for more than three years.
     "During this mission,"the citation stated, "Leach and the other members of his crew assisted in destroying enemy troop concentration and ground installations at Naga City, Cebu, at a time when neutralization of enemy positions was most essential  to our ground forces in the pending invasion of this island.  
     "Despite the bad weather his formation encountered on the 1600-mile trip, the difficult flying conditions and intense anti-aircraft fire, Leach assisted in keeping his plane in formation until the target was reached.  Throughout this mission, which spearheaded the invasion forces' attack, he conducted himself in a resourceful and heroic manner that was in keeping with the highest traditions of the army air forces."

D. Paul Lee - Hartford Michigan
US Army
80th Infantry Division

In service 9-23-1941 to 19__

Served in Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, France.

Combat Infantryman's badge
European Theatre Ribbon with
1 battle star
Presidential Unit Citation
American Theatre Ribbon
Defense Ribbon

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1941

Paul is a brother to
Julia Mary Lee,
who also served during WW2.

Little girl in the photo is
Nancy Dyer Huffman.

Photo submitted by
William (Bill) Dyer 6/2003

 Lee, Julia Mary
Julia Mary Lee - Hartford Michigan
US Army Nurse Corp.
1st Lieutenant
101st General Hospital
b 2/18/1922     d 12/23/1997
Age 75y, 10m, 15d

In service 4-1944 to ____

Stationed in
England, France, and Germany

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1940

For many years after military duty, Mary was a Nurse  Assistant to Dr. Joseph Conway in Watervliet MI. 

Mary is the sister to D. Paul Lee,
who also served during WW2.  

Photo submitted by
William (Bill) Dyer 6/2003.

Lee, Sally
Sally Lee
US Army
b 2-15-1917     d 12-22-2008
Jackson MI      Lawrence MI
Age 91y, 10m, 7d
Buried in
Maple Hill Cemetery
Hartford MI

In service 19__ to 19__

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1934

Retired after 35 years of service to Auto Specialties-Hartford

Daughter of
Earl & Margarett (Stickney) Lee

Resided in Hartford, moved to Lawrence in the last few years of her life.

Lewis, Mitchell

US Army - E3 PFC
Utility Repairman
b 7-28-1922       d 7-20-1991
Age 68y, 11m, 24d

Buried in Maple Hill Cemetery
Hartford MI

In service
7-17-1943 to 10-30-1945
Wounded in action
25 MAR 45 European Theater

Served in
Rhineland, Central Europe

Medals and Awards
Bronze Star Service Medal
Purple Heart Service Medal
Army Good Conduct Medal
4 Overseas Service Bars
Presidential Unit Emblem
Eastern Campaign Medal
WW II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal
Combat Infantry Badge
Marksmanship Badge
with Rifle Bar,
Honorable Service Lapel Button
WW II with Germany Clasp

From Bradley MI
Attended Bradley High School.
Did not graduate with class,
but entered military service.

Resided in Hartford
12-1945 to 7-1991

Photo and information submitted 12/17/2003 by his grandson,
 Terry Ray Dixon, Jr. who also served in the  Army

Lightner, Seward (Bubs)

In service 19__ to 19__

HHS Class of 1945

Lightner, Keith Hoover
Keith Hover Lightner W2
US Army Infantry - Pvt
b 6-3-1925     d 8-26-1996
Age 71y, 2m, 25d
Buried in
Maple Hill Cemetery
Section 8 - Lot 5
Hartford MI 

In service
7-5-1943 to 12-15-1945

From Hartford MI
HHS  Class of 1943

Son of



Locke, William Martin
William Locke d 4-11-2006
US Army - Sergeant
b 8-12-1927       d 4-11-2006
  Chicago IL      Centreville MI
Age 78y, 8m, 1d
Interment at
Holy Sepulcher Cemetery
Worth IL

In service
19__ to 19__

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1946

Son of
William Martin and
Mary T. O'Day Locke

Married to
Evelyn C. Klucznik

Retired after 32 years as
Account Executive at
Goodyear Tire & Robber Co.
serving in Akron, Memphis and the Chicago areas.

Long Jr., Charles Sylvester
US Army
     b 9-24-1924     d 5-15-2010
New Madrid MO     Keeler MI
Age 85y 7m 21d
Buried in
Keeler Cemetery
Hartford MI

Wounded in Action

In service
19__ to 19__
Served 30 years.

Son of
Charles & Delia (Shirkey) Long Sr.

Married to
Wanda Lee Teeters Long

    Charles retired from
Sundstrand of Dowagiac in 1989.

Last residence
Keeler MI

Charles also served in the
US Army during Korea.



Loomis, Harold Heath
US Army
Surgical Technician
b 6-12-1915    d 2-20-2006
Bangor Twp MI    Dowagiac MI
Age 90y, 8m, 12d
Buried at
Ft Custer National Cemetery
August MI

In service
19__ to 19__

Resided in Bangor MI

Webster Hill Grade School
Hartford High School

Graduate of
Panton Beauty College
Kalamazoo MI

Retired from Watervliet Paper Co.
after 24 years of service.


Lutin, Warren E. Lutin, Willis Lyons, Robert E.
Warren Lutin d 9-18-2012
US Air Force
b 2-25-1925     d 9-18-2012
Hartford MI          Niles MI
Age 87y, 6m, 24d

From Hartford MI
HHS Class of 1942
Son of
Clyde and Pearl (Fredericks) Lutin

Married To
Margaret Truhn Lutin

Retired Engineer from Bendix


US Army
Wounded in Action 
Luxenberg - 1945


Robert Lyons d 12-7-2008
US Navy
Pharmacists Mate
Dental Technologist
b 9-27-1925      d 12-7-2008
    Gary IN            Hartford MI
Age 83y, 2m, 12d
Buried at
Maple Hill Cemetery
Hartford MI

In service
19___ to 19__

Benton Harbor High School
graduate of 1943

Son of
William & Pearl (Woodly) Lyons

Married to
Wandamae Frances (Peters) Lyons

Owned dental practice in
Lawrence MI 1954 - 1960
Watervliet 1960-1986

Resident of Hartford

Links: - Casualties on US Ships Hit by Allied Gunfire During WW2  Very informative site on Revolutionary through Desert Storm Wars and Conflicts of the United States Navy.

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A Pictorial History of Hartford, Michigan
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Revised: March 02, 2015