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«     Afghanistan    »         Present       
Started October 7, 2001 in response to the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States
The war in Iraq was declared officially ended on December 15, 2011

Killed in Action       Wounded in action       POW/MIA      Died during active duty
Bailey Appleby, Elizabeth L. Benham, Justin A. Bohle, Emily

Elizabeth Bailey Appleby - US Army
US Army

In service
1998 to present

Kosovo – US Peacekeeper

Served in
Vilsek Germany
Camp Bondstel – Kosovo
St. Hood TX
Ft. Jackson SC
Ft. Lee VA

UN Peacekeeper

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1998

Beth is the daughter of
Ralph and Marie Perry Bailey.

Justin Benham - USN
US Navy

USS Iwo Jima,
home ported out of Norfolk VA.

In service 200_ to present

Emily Bohle, US Navy
US Navy
Electrician –
b  1-21-1982

In Service
6-2000 to present

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)
home ported at Norfolk VA

Participated in 
Operation Enduring Freedom
and Operation Iraqi Freedom


2004 Senior Sailor of the Year
for Combat Systems
» Good Conduct Award
Sea Service (times 2),
» Battle "E" Award
» Unit Accommodation Award
» National Defense

From Hartford MI
HHS Class of 2000

Emily’s grandfather, Ernest Bohle 
served in the US Navy during WW11.

Photo and information submitted 
by grandmother, June Bohle, 11-2002.

Emily’s address is:

Emily D. Bohle
CS/C56 USS T Roosevelt (CVN-71)
FPO AE 09599-2871
Bowman, Kevin J.
US Army
1st Class
Station Commander at
Great lakes Recruiting Battalion,
Battle Creek MI

In service 19__ to present

Son of Evelyn Vanderpool
Cantrell, Bruce B.
US Army – Sergeant E5
67-U Chinook Mechanic
Squad Leader in Alpha 8/101
b 5/1/1968

In service 1997 to Present

Home based out of Ft. Campbell KY,
Served in Kuwait at Camp Udairi.

2001 to present – 8/101-A. Co. Avn Rgt.
1999 to 2001- 7/101 A. Co. Avn. Rgt.

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1986

Married to
Jennifer Klackle Cantrell.  She
is from the HHS Class of 1988. 

2/1/2004 – update from Jennifer:
Bruce is supposed to be on his way home sometime this month. He is doing okay, he’s ready to be home after almost 2 years at war. He had a really rough experience right before Christmas and had a soldier die while he was giving him CPR. That was really a terrible thing for him. He’s doing better, but like I said he needs to be home for awhile. Yes, we are still living in Tennessee. I’m still teaching 1st grade at Fort Campbell. Teaching the children of soldiers presents a multitude of new challenges. I’ve had students whose dad’s were severely wounded over there and they still come to school with smiles on their faces.

For Bruce’s snail mail address to
send letters of support, please contact Jennifer via email.
Click here to send Jennifer an email

Click here to send Bruce an email
Curl, Billy
US Army
Inst Pilot AH-64/OH-58D Kiowa Warrior
Billy Curl next to Kiowa Warrior on Syrian border 2003
June 2003Dressed in full flight gear beside the
Kiowa Warrior on the Syrian border in IRAQ


July 10, 2003 – AlAsad Air Field IRAQ

Billy Curl at AlAsad Air Field 2003
b 9-1966
Benton Harbor MI

In Service
1984 – 2005

Stationed at
Ft Hood TX, Ft Bragg NC,
Ft Rucker AL, Ft Bliss TX

Served in Iraq

Medals and Awards
» Army Air-Medal
» Mississippi Magnolia Cross
» Army Commendation Medal
» National Defense Service Medal
» Global War on Terrorism –
Expeditionary Medal
» Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
» Armed Forces Reserve Medal
» W/M Device Army Service Ribbon
» Overseas Service Bar (2nd award)

Was Pilot for one of 22 helicopters
to fly into Iraq at beginning of war.

From Newport AR
NHS Class of 1984

Attend Hartford Public Schools and
Decatur Public Schools.

Resided in Hartford-Keeler 1974-1982

Billy’s uncle, Hersel Berneill Madison
served during the VietNam era
and cousin, Tye Berneil Madison,
served during Desert Storm.

Billy Curl - during 1st 120 days of war
How we lived and slept for the first 120 days of the war.
Chappell, Matthew
US Navy

In service
2-2006 to present

From HHS
Class of 2005


Deckard, Gary Patrick

US Air Force
Military Police – Staff Sergeant

In service
2006 to Present (Reenlisted)

June 2008 to present – Camp Bucca Bahsra, Iraq
2007-Present – Wright- Patterson AFB Dayton, Ohio

2006 – Keesler AFB, Biloxi MS
2006 – Beale AFB, CA
2001-2004 Beale AFB, CA
2003 – AL Udied AFB, Qutar Iraq
Served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, including fly away missions transportation prisoners from Afghanistan and Iraqi.


Gary Patrick Deckard USAF

Awards and Medals

» Airman of the Quarter
for Security Forces Squadron
» Airman of the Quarter
for Mission Support Group
» Achievement Medal
for Outstanding Services
» Outstanding Unit
» Good Conduct
» Expert Marksmanship

From Hartford
HHS Class of 2000

Resided in Hartford until 2001

Gary’s father, Joe Deckard, served in the National Guard 1981-1987.



Edge, Duwayne C. Goss, Bradley

Duwayne Edge - US Army Reserves
US Army Reserves – SPC
Truck Driver, Combat Life Saver
401st Transportation Unit
from Battle Creek MI
b 8-16-1972 in Benton Harbor MI

In service
8-15-2003 to Present

Served in Operation Iraqi Freedom
8-15-2003 to 11-25-2004
Active Duty in Mosul & Bagdad Iraq

Medals and Awards
Army Commendation Medal
» National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism – Expeditionary Medal
» Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
» Armed Forces Reserve Medal
» W/M Device Army Service Ribbon
» Overseas Service Bar (2nd award)

 Helped rebuild and supply a school for Iraqi kids while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Logged over 1,000,000 miles with the 401st Transportation Unit as a truck driver.  Our unit had a 2-truck accident where 4 soldiers were injured.  I served as Combat Life Saver for all 4 soldiers. When help was called, I was chosen to ride in the Medavac to assist Medics with the injured soldiers. I received an Army Commendation Medal for going above the call of duty.  With the combined help of others in our unit, no lives were lost.

From Benton Harbor MI
From BHHS Class of 1992
GED in 2001

Resident of Hartford since 6-2004

Click here to send Duwayne an email

Bradley J. Goss - US Navy
US Navy – E4
Aviation Boatswain Mate Handler
Division Air Department V1
b 6-10-1985 in Berrien Springs MI

In service
5-2006 to 5-2010

Served on the USS Enterprise,
home ported out of Norfolk VA.
The USS Enterprise deployed to the
Persian Gulf, where aircraft flew sorties
into Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hartford Public Schools,
Graduate of So. Haven High School
Class of 2003

Son of
Buff J. Goss HHS 1984
and Deanna Nash Goss HHS 1986

Married to
Mishelle Wilson Goss HHS 2003

Medals and Awards
» Global War on Terrorism
Global War Expedition
» 9MM Qualification
» Good Conduct
» Sea Service
» National Call of Defense
» Battle Efficiency

Resides in
Paw Paw MI




Empson, Shane
Shane Empson USAF

Recalled to duty
200__ to 2003

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1990

Shane’s father,
John Empson served
during the Vietnam War.

Shane is the son of John Empson,
HHS Class of 1964, and
Joyce Miller Carmichael,
HHS Class of 1966.

2/7/03 – Received the following from
Shane via email from his mother,
Joyce Miller Empson Carmichael

Gatchell, Arthur
Arthur Gatchell, US Marines
US Marines – Sergeant
Military Police

In service 2000 to present

2008 – Returned to Iraq

Served in
Bahrain, Iraq
Hawaii, and Georgia.

From Hartford MI
HHS Class of 1999

Arthur is is son of Gene and Maxine Huddleston Gatchell.  Maxine is a
graduate of the HHS Class of 1966.

Photo submitted by grandmother,
Doris Huddleston 11-2001


Grabovac, Wayne D.
Wayne Grabovac US Army Reserve
US Army Reserve – Pvt.
Logistical Specialist

In service
2005 to present

Graduate of
US Army Quartermaster Center and School,
Ft. Lee at Petersburg VA

From Hartford MI
HHS Class of 2001

Married to
Nicole Harris Grabovac (HHS 2004)

Son of
Dennis and Joyce Grabovac


Thank you for thinking of us!

SGT Shane Empson

(Somewhere in the Arabian desert)

Shane wrote

Please Remember in Prayer all
the men & women serving
the U.S.A. in the Military

Shane is now back home in the US!!

Gray, Jeremy (A.J.)

Hamilton Madison, Barbara  J.

Jeremy Gray USN
U.S. Navy
Seabee BU2 – E5
b 9-5-1976

In service
Recalled to active duty
7-5-2005 to 4-2006
Navy Customs PAPA, LSA Kuwait
11-2-1998 to 11-2003

Served in
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Naval Mobile Construction Batt.133
Naval Training Center in Gulfport MS
 Naval Mobile Construction Batt. 74

Sea Service Award (4 award) 
» Navy Battle "E" Ribbon
» Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon
» Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
» Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
» Iraqi Freedom Campaign Medal
» Armed Forces Reserve (Navy) Medal
» Expert Rifleman Medal
» Expert Pistol Medal
» Navel Sea Service Ribbon 2nd Award
» Navel Meritorious Unit Ribbon
» National Defense Service Medal
» Navy Good Conduct Medal
» Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal

From Hartford MI
HHS Class of 1995.

Jeremy is the son of Russell (served during Vietnam) and Linda Glasgow Gray.  Linda is a graduate of HHS Class of 1965.

Click here to send Jeremy an email

Michigan Army National Guard
Signal E4 SPC – Switch Operator
Mobile Subscriber Equipment
Certified Combat Lifesaver
A Co 156th Sig – Michigan
234th Sig Battalion – Iraq
b Mar 27, 1970

In service
Mar 27, 1987 to present
Iraq, OIF 2003-2004
Called up for active duty during Iraq War.
Returned from Iraq in May, 2004.

Christmas Eve, Al Taji, Iraq 2003
Barbara Hamilton Madison - US Army-National Guard
SPC Timmerman, SSG Bradley, SPC Madison, SGT Dudek

Duty Stations:
Camp Dogwood Iraq, Al Taji Iraq
A Co 156th Sig Kalamazoo MI,
Ft Riley KS

Medals and Awards
Michigan Battalion Coin of Excellence
» 5 Broad sword awards
» 2 Army Achievement Medals
» 2 Brigade coins
» 6 Certificates of Appreciation
» 5 MOS’s in Communications

Who are the real heroes, the soldiers that go to war
or the people that keep the family together? 
Ruby Curl Madison Stone presented
this question to her daughter-in-law.  Barbara replied:

"To me, having been on both ends, I’d say it is a toss up. Staying home, and dealing with keeping life running, kids homework and support of the loved one gone. Those are all hard things. But being gone is hard too, because of all that is being missed, choir concerts, soccer games, time with family, holidays. The danger of being here is not something I factor in, we could all be killed in a crash going to work at home. It’s the way you handle yourself away from home, keeping in touch, holding to your values instead of caving in to the temptations or hardships even of being away. The real heroes are the people who hold things together at both ends, on either side."

My husband, Tye, served in Desert Storm, and having been home and deployed, both sides are hard to deal with. I have 2 children in Hartford Middle school. Anyone who thinks this is a adventure, has no idea what they are talking about.

HHS Class of 1988

Resides in Hartford when not deployed.

Barbara’s husband, Tye Madison,
and sister, Amy Hamilton were
also in the military during Desert Storm..


Hilburn, James
US Army
Cavalry Scout
E-Trp 2/3 Acr 3D Acr
3d Armored Cavalry Regiment

b 12-28-1980
West Monroe LA

Wounded in action

In service
2003 to present

Served at
Ft Hood TX, Q-west, FOB Sykes, COP Hieder, LSA Diamondback, LAS Anaconda, Kabul and Farah Afghanistan, Vilseck Germany with 2 CR. James has served 2 tours in Iraq and 2 tours in Afghanistan.

Medals and Awards
  » Purple Heart
Army Commendation Medal (ARCOM)
Army Good Conduct Medal (AGCM)
National Defense Service Medal (NDSM)
Iraq Campaign Medal (ICM-CS)
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (GWOTSM)
Army Service Ribbon (ASR)
Overseas Service Ribbons (OSR)
Armed Forces Reserve Medal L
with M device (
Combat Action Badge

Resided in Hartford 1993-1999
HHS Class of 1999

Son of
Gary Hilburn & Tami Clements

Married to
Samantha Hilburn



Hurley, James
Army National Guard
Spc – E4 Maintenance
b 11-18-1965

In Service
2004 to present

Moved to Hartford in 1998

Attended Bangor High School

Serving in Iraq through end of 2005 under Operation Iraqi Freedom

Click here to send and email


Johnson, James Elton
US Army – Sergeant First Class
Infantry Mortar

In service
1991 to 7-31-2008 Retired
2-04 to 2-05 Iraq
10-02 to 5-03 Kosovo


Served in
Ft. Stewart GA, 2 tours in Korea, 2 tours in Germany, Ft. Hood TX, Ft. Leonard Wood MO, Ft. Knox KY

Medals and Awards
Meritorious Service Medal upon retirement
Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) in 2004-2005 for service in Iraq. 
Expert Infantry Badge (EIB) in 2002 
» NATO medal
» 4 Overseas Service Ribbons (OSR)
» Army Service Ribbon (ASR)
» 3 Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons (NCOPD)
» Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (GWTEM)
» Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (GWTSM)
Kosovo Campaign Medal (KOSCM)
» Korea Defense Service Medal (KDSM)
» 2 National Defense Service Medal (NDSM)
» 5 Good Conduct Medals (GCDM)
» Army Achievement Medal (AAM)
» 6 Army Commendation Medals (ARCOM)
» Presidential Unit Citation Award
» Joint Meritorious Unit Award.

James Johnson and wife, O Kyung

b 11-5-1961
Watervliet MI

From HHS Class of 1980

Resided in Hartford 1965 – 1983

Son of
James and Eva (Huffman) Johnson

Resides in
Elizabethtown KY upon retirement

Johnson, Lonnie

In service 19__ to 19__
Served in Vietnam.

2-2003 Recalled to active duty
during Iraq War.

Lonnie is back home in the US.

Lonnie is married to the former
Diane Harmon and lives in Hartford.  Diane is a former student of Hartford and their sons, Chad (1990) and John (1993) are Hartford graduates.


Keller, Michael L.

Kilburn, Robert

Michael L. Keller - US Army
US Army – Pvt.
b 11-27-1982

In service 2002 to present

Ft. Benning, GA

Attended HHS

From Bangor MI
BHS Class of 2002
Command Sgt Major

In Service
1977 to 2004 – Retired
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

1978 to 2002
Michigan State Police – retired.

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

  Lightner, Robert Lewis

Robert Lightner USN
US Navy
ABE3 – PO 3rd Class

In service
2-2-2004 to present

▪ USS Harry S. Truman CVN75, Norfolk VA
▪ Pensacola FL

▪ Great Lakes Naval Station

Medals and Awards
» Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
» Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
» Battle E Award
»Sea Service Medal
» National Medal of Defense

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1992

After Bob left for service, he was named
the 2004 Fireman of the Year by the
 Hartford Fire Department

Bob is the son of Robert (HHS Class of 1959) and Bernice Madison Lightner, who attend Hartford Schools through the 10th grade.  He is a cousin to Tye Madison, served during Desert Storm, and nephew to Berneil Madison, served during VietNam.

Click here to send Bob an email

Click here to view USS Harry S. Truman
flight deck landing.
Lopez, Kristina M
Army National Guard – Pfc

HHS Class of 2008

Basic Combat Training, Ft. Jackson in Columbia SC

Daughter of
Shirley Nichols and Jose Lopez

Melvin, Steffen Montgomery, Cory
US Air Force

In service
2001 to present

From Hartford
HHS Class of 2001

Steffen Melvin USMC
US Marines – Cpl
C Company, Bulk and Fuel
1st Platoon, with the 6th Engineer
Support Battalion, 4th FSSG
b 3-11/1972     d 6-17-2007
Ft. Bragg NC    Phoenix AZ
Age 36y, 3m, 8d
Military burial at the
National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
Phoenix AZ

In service 19__ to 19__

Served during
Desert Storm in Kuwait. 
2002 –
Re-entered service and
 served during the
Iraq War in Kuwait.

HHS Class of 1989
From Hartford

2007 – Journeyman Lineman with
Arizona Public Service Utilities

Steffen is the son of Brenda McFarlin Melvin (HHS Class of 1969).  His father, Douglas Melvin (HHS Class of 1967), served during the Vietnam War
Newnum, Thomas Lee    

Thomas Lee Newnum - Hartford Michigan
US Army

In service
2009 to present

Son of
Thomas and Joanne Newnum

From Hartford MI
HHS Class of 2007

Tom’s father, Thomas Joseph Newnum
served in the US Air Force during Vietnam and his grandfather, Thomas Wilson Newnum Jr. served in the US Army during WW11.


Noles, Allen
Michigan Army National Guard – Sergeant
US Navy – Avation Electronics Technician – 3rd Class

b 10-10-1970

South Haven MI

From Hartford MI
HHS Class of 1988

Resided in Hartford 1981-1988

In service
Michigan Army National Guard
US Navy – Persian Gulf-Desert Storm

» HHC – 126 Armor
(Michigan Army National Guard)
Operation Iraqi Freedom 2004-2006,
FOB Freedom, Baghdad
» USS Forrestal (US Navy)
Operation Desert Storm 1991

Medals and Awards
» Army Good Conduct Medal
» Army Commendation Medal
» 2 Army Achievement Medals
» Navy Good Conduct Medal
» 2 National Defense Medals
» Southwest Asia Service Medal
» Iraq Campaign Medal
» Global War on Terror Medal

1994 to present
Police Officer
Accident Investigator
Grand Rapids MI

Allen also served during Desert Storm
Peters, Gary

Gary is the son of
Wilson and Gloria Peters

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1969

Gary’s service started during
the Vietnam War. 
Click here to view his profile.
Rennie, Michael S. Rodriguez, Amanda M.
Michigan Army National Guard.
Specialist – Heavy Equipment Vehicle Driver
 Sturgis-based 1463rd Transportation Co.

In service 2009 –

Basic and advanced training at Fort Leonardwood, Mo.

Medals and Awards
Army Service Ribbon
» National Defense Service Medal.

Patricia Schroeder, of Hartford, and the late Tomas Rodriguez III of San Antonio.

Amanda is working toward a degree in
 criminal justice and sociology from
Western Michigan University.

Michael Rennie with Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps from when I was in Paris
US Marine Corps
Corporal – E4
Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Specialist, Marine Security Guard
b 7-28-1979
St Joseph MI

In service
6-16-1997 to 1-15-2002

Photo is with Sergeant Major of the
Marine Corps from when I was in Paris.

Served in
MCRD San Diego, CA
Camp Pendleton, CA
Goodfellow AFB, TX
MCAS Futenma Okinawa, Japan
MCB Quantico, VA
American Embassy Paris, France
American Consulate Lagos, Nigeria
MCAF Quantico, VA

Medals and Awards
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
» Overseas Service Ribbon
» Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon
» Good Conduct Medal

From Hartford
HHS Class of 1997

Resided in Hartford
1979-2003 and 2004-2006
Resides in Kalamazoo 2009

Son of
Mark & Robin (Moore) Rennie

Maried to
Anastasia (Gilchrist) Rennie

Schroeder, Christopher
US Air Force
Airman – Security Forces
b 9-13-1986
St. Joseph MI

From Hartford
HHS Class of 2004

In service
9-12-2006 to present

Resided in Hartford 1986-2004

Served in
Lakeland AFB – San Antonio TX
F E Warren AFT – Cheyenne WY

Click here to send Christopher an email.


Short, David

Wade, Michael
US Marine Corps

In Service 200_ to 200_

Stationed at:
Cherry Point NC

From Hartford
Class of HHS 2001

Son of
James and Pam Wade


US Army

Information Systems Operator – Analyst
Assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team.

b 9-12-1989         d 11-23-2009
St Joseph MI        Clarksville TN
Age 20y, 2m, 13d
Buried at
Maple Hill Cemetery
Hartford MI

In Service
4-2008 to 11-23-2009
David arrived at Fort Campbell in January 2009.

Awards and Medals
 National Defense Service Medal
» Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
» Army Service Ribbon
» Weapons Qualification: M4 (expert)

From Hartford MI
HHS Class of 2008

Married to
Carolina Vidal Caggiano Short

Son of
Julie and Bruce Strunk

David died in an automobile accident
outside of the base where he was stationed at
Ft. Campbell, Clarkville TN


Overcoming a new world of terror that began with the World Trade Center bombing on 
9-11-2001 is expressed in a poem by Hartford WW11 Veteran, Claire Chamberlain Olds
The American World, 2001

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