Sergeant First Class David A. Hartman
15 August 1962 - 17 July 2004
Army Sgt. 1st Class David A. Hartman of Akron, about 25 miles east of Bay City, was killed near Beiji, Iraq, and Lincoln Park native Army Spc. Craig S. Frank, a 24-year-old Michigan National Guard military police officer was killed near Baghdad.
Hartman, a reservist, was killed when the vehicle he was driving was hit by an explosive device, the Defense Department said.
It was Hartman's second war in Iraq. He fought in the Gulf War in 1990 and suffered from an illness some soldiers developed in that war, said his brother, Bill Hartman.
He probably didn't even have to go this time, Bill Hartman said. He got Gulf War syndrome when he was over there the first time, and he probably could have gotten out on a medical discharge.
But he didn't try to get out, Bill Hartman said. When he saw all the people who were going over there, he told me he wanted to join them, and lead by example.
Hartman, 41, was a truck driver for an agricultural company in civilian life. In the military, he was a transportation supervisor and platoon leader, assigned to the Army Reserve's 401st Transportation Company out of Battle Creek.
He had served 21 years in the military, his brother said.
We're a military family, he said. My father was in the Marine Corps, and so was I. He had a sense of duty to his country, when they called, he went. He didn't hesitate.
Hartman had been in Iraq since February and was due to come home on leave in two weeks, his brother said.
We were expecting him to come home, but we weren't expecting this, he said.
Betty McGee, Hartman's teacher and counselor at Akron-Fairgrove High School, remembered him as a really terrific father and terrific person. I also had his daughter, who graduated (this) year. He would always call to make sure she stayed on the right track. He really cared about his daughter.
Hartman is the 28th soldier with ties to Michigan to die in Iraq since the war began in March 2003.
He leaves behind a wife, Robbin; a 21-year-old son, Benjamin; and an 18-year-old daughter, Heather.
SFC DAVID A. HARTMAN
AUGUST 15, 1962 - JULY 17, 2004
Sergeant First Class David Alan Hartman was born on August 15, 1962. He joined the Army on August 24, 1982. He had a career that spanned 22 full years of service.
The Army has awarded him the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart posthumously His other awards and decorations include, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award), Meritorious Unit Commendation (2nd Award), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (2nd Award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Kuwait Liberation Medal (SA), Southwest Asia Service Medal with 3rd Bronze service star. Armed Forces Reserve Medal W/M Device (2nd Award), Global Was on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 3, Army Service Ribbon and the Driver/Mechanic Badge.
Sergeant Hartman is survived by his wife, Robbin R. Hartman, son, Benjamin A. Hartman 21 and daughter, Heather L. Hartman 19.
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