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Henry Wilburn Hartman
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Birth: Apr. 14, 1929
Death: Jan. 31, 1968

HENRY WILBURN HARTMAN, SPECIALIST FIVE, U. S. ARMY, SAN ANGELO, TOM GREEN COUNTY, TEXAS

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation's Medal, Good Conduct Medal with 3 Loops, National Defense Service Medal with Star, Korean Service Medal, United Nation's Expeditionary Medal (Korea), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, World War II Occupation Medal, Germany, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Military Merit Medal

BIOGRAPHY

Henry was born in San Antonio, Texas. He was the youngest of four sons (Ben, Roy, Paul, and Henry) born to Louise Zieschang Hartman and Henry Hartman. He attended schools in Lee County, near Giddings and then in Big Spring. His family farmed near Noack, TX. He last attended school in Big Spring. He dropped out of school after the 10th grade and went to work.

He enlisted in the Army in 1949 at age 19 from Big Spring, Texas and served during the Korean War and served in that theater. After the war, he had a short break in service, he loved the Army and re-enlisted in 1954 from San Angelo, Texas. He did not push for advancement, being satisfied to be a middle rank soldier. He served in Germany and at Fort Knox, Kentucky and at Fort Hood, Texas. His fellow soldier's gave him the name of "Sergeant Pappy."

He began his tour in Vietnam on August 20, 1966 and completed his original tour in August 1967, but he extended his tour by six month increments. This was the only way that a soldier could stay in Vietnam, after the one year tour. After a 30 day leave home, he returned in September 1967 and was assigned as a Armored Crewman with B Company, 1st Battalion, 69th Armor, 4th Division.

On 30 January 1968 the VC's TET Offensive began, in some places prematurely. The 4th Infantry Division was then stationed in Kontum and Pleiku Provinces in the Central Highlands. The Division lost ten men as a result of the first day's fighting. Specialist Hartman was the only combat fatality of his company, another soldier was wounded. He was one of three to die in the fighting from his battalion. He was wounded while riding as a passenger on a tank. The tank was hit by mortar and rocket fire. He died he following day from his wounds while at the 91st medevac hospital. When he was brought in during the kayos of the fighting, he was suffering from burns and wounds over 80% of his body. He did not have an ID card and his dog tags were missing. He never regained consciousness and died from pulmonary edema secondary to his wounds. It took over two weeks to get a positive identification of his remains. His family was not notified until two weeks after his death.

He was buried with full military honors in the Taylor City Cemetery in Taylor, Texas a month after his death. He was survived by his three older brothers and their families. At the time of his death, he had served in excess of 18 years in the Army.

[The above information was provided by Billy M. Brown and comes from his military records and from his personal contacts by other soldiers.]

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parents of Henry Wilburn Hartman, my Uncle Junior:

His mother was Louise Zieschang Hartman
Burial: Christ Church Cemetery
Noack, Williamson County, Texas, USA
Find A Grave Memorial# 18304672

His father was Henry Hartman.
Burial: Christ Church Cemetery
Noack, Williamson County, Texas, USA
Find A Grave Memorial# 18304667

Information updated by his niece, Jean Hartman; my father Ben Gilbert Hartman was his oldest brother.





 
 
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 Parents:
  Henry Hartmann (1888 - 1950)
  Louise Zieschang Hartmann (1896 - 1940)
 
Burial:
Taylor City Cemetery
Taylor
Williamson County
Texas, USA
Plot: Third Addition, Section 32
 
Maintained by: Jean Hartman
Originally Created by: John Christeson
Record added: Jun 10, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19804931
Henry Wilburn Hartman
Added by: Billy M. Brown
 
Henry Wilburn Hartman
Added by: John Christeson
 
Henry Wilburn Hartman
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Thank you for your great sacrifice in preserving our country's freedoms. I will honor you in the only way that I can . . . by remembering you always. May you rest in peace.
- Charles A. Lewis
 Added: Oct. 22, 2012
HENRY W HARTMAN is on the Wall at Panel 36E Line 013. My his sacrifice not be forgotten.
- Billy M. Brown
 Added: Nov. 27, 2011
Honored by the Permian Basin Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Midland, Texas, website is www.veteransmemorial.us
- Billy M. Brown
 Added: Jul. 24, 2009
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