Click here to complete the
Military Information Profile
(quickest way to get
information posted on the website)
Snailmail information guidelines
Civil War Reenactment
held at the Van Buren Co.
Click here for
preview and information
Decoration Day photo from Keeler Cemetery
Click here to help identify these soldiers from the Civil War
Some of the Old
Boys From Co. D.
1922 photo at the home of Freeman Stowe
Special Military Photos
and Related Documents
Letters From Our Sons and Daughters At War
Nationwide Grave Site Locator
– US Department of Veterans Affairs
Who are the real heroes?
One of Hartford’s own gives a good explanation … I think you’ll agree.
As a country and community, we owe much to the
men and women who served so bravely during times of war and peace…many
never returning to the families they loved. To honor them for the
extreme sacrifices they made, this section is dedicate to all the
Hartford-Keeler men and women who served our country in military
service. We appreciate their dedication and sacrifice to
preserve freedom in America. We thank your families for the
hardships and scars they also endured while separated from you
and possible loss of their family member.
To submit military information from this website:
If you served in the military, or know of a friend or relative who did, and
lived in the Hartford-Keeler area at any time (length of service –
wounded, killed in action or not, doesn’t make a difference for submission
to the website…still want the information) and your name is not
shown on this site, follow the instructions below and a profile will be
1. Use the
Submit Information (or see left menu link…just under the Military
OR click here to download
information in .pdf file format to print out
send in. You MUST have Adobe Reader to open and read this file.
Most computers already have Adobe Reader – if you don’t have this program,
it can be downloaded FREE from
www.adobe.com. Be sure to let the webmaster know if you have
problems opening the .pdf file and the form will be emailed directly to
2. Then, send a photo in uniform from
within and email or as an attachment to the
webmaster (save in .jpg or .jpeg file format
at 75 dpi resolution). If you have problems sending or don’t
quite understand how to email photos, email the webmaster and I will try
to walk you through the process…it really isn’t hard to do.
information and photo will be proudly displayed with the other military personnel to
whom we are so deeply indebted. For those who do not have email,
please contact Emma Sefcik, (269) 621-4349. If you have a photo to
be scanned for inclusion to this site, but don’t have a scanner, let me know, I will be happy
to meet with you if in the local area.
Submitting by snailmail? Use the following guidelines for
wanted with military photo and/or information. Be
brief, but don’t be shy about your
name of soldier
Dates of service, ex: 1-12-1945 to
12-15-1948 OR 1945 to 1948
Branch of service
Date of birth
If no longer living – date of death
Age at time of death
Name and location of Cemetery, lot number (if
in uniform, if available, with or without spouse. If no photo in
uniform available, a photo about the same timeframe would be good.
Save photo in .jpg file format when submitting via email.
served in: Revolutionary 1773-1783, Civil War 1861-1865,
Spanish-American 1898-1902, WW1 1914-1919, WW2 1939-1945,
Korean War 1950-1953, Vietnam War 1964-1974, Persian Gulf 1990-1991,
Afghanistan 2001 – present, None – during peace time.
of War, Missing In Action, Wounded in Action, Killed in Action?
killed during time in service, give date, City-State and cemetery where buried, and lot number.
(ex: Fire Control Technician)
of ship (if in USN) or plane (if USAF), etc.
of years in service (format: 1966-1968. If unknown, give
received for bravery, wounds, or general awards,
of hometown when entered service.
of hometown school attended, location.
of the class of what year? If you left school to enter
service, it would be an honor to list your name as a member of the
class you would have graduated with….YOU are important to all of us!
lived in Hartford-Keeler area, if you know estimate. When?
interesting stories of unusual situations, extreme sacrifice, or
bravery (can possibly meet with you to record this on tape). Transcripts
should be as complete as possible, but all submissions will be edited
for clarity and brevity. Be brief, but don’t
be shy about your accomplishments. Since there are many military personnel from
our area, not all complete transcripts may be included.
community and country can never
thank you enough for the life-long sacrifices
and your family endured so bravely.
For those who
gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives:
Day is done, gone the
From the hills, from the lake,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Go to sleep, peaceful
May the soldier or sailor,
On the land or the deep,
Safe in sleep.
Love, good night, Must
When the day, And the night
Need thee so?
All is well. Speedeth all
To their rest.
Fades the light; And
Goeth day, And the stars
Fare thee well; Day has gone,
Night is on.
Thanks and praise, For
‘Neath the sun, ‘Neath the stars,
‘Neath the sky,
As we go, This we know,
God is nigh.
here to view the story of Taps
Please email the
with any errors for correction*
on the links at the top of this page to go directly to the service era
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