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Civil War Declaration Day photo from Keeler Cemetery
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Other Special Photos and Newspaper Articles

Allen, David with friend, Boa - USN Vietnam

Beam, Bob - Vietnam  -  two-part article from Fennville Online - February, 2003

Bisbee, Terry L - Vietnam with his Busy Bee Helicopter and special photo that appeared in Time Life Magazine in 1964.

Byers, Jim - WW11 Pilot - Herald-Palladium newspaper article of December, 2003

Fillmore, Steven M.  -  Summary of Action for active duty 1982-2002

Helwig, Otto and Ernie Pyle, War Correspondent USN WW11 - The Day Spring article from 1945

Larsen, Aage, USS Fond Du Lac APA -  USN WW11

Matthews, Guy (Bonzi) USN  WW11 - 48 years later and the uniform still fits! 

Newnum, Thomas Joseph - 2 millionth bomb during Vietnam War

Rhinehart, Bob with The Sky Shark Bomber  - WW11

Rhinehart, James - Vmail to mother, Mary Rhinehart - WW11 1944
from the Village of Hartford in 1943

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A Pictorial History of Hartford, Michigan
Emma Thornburg Sefcik,
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Revised: May 27, 2015