Mike Alan Hartse

Army Badge
  • Name: Mike Alan Hartse
  • Location of Birth: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: July 11, 1947
  • Date of Death:
  • Parents: Lambert and Margaret Hartse
  • High School and Class: 1965 - Washburn
  • College: 5 years Trade School
  • Highest Rank: SP 4 (Specialist 4)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: December 11, 1967
  • Place Sworn In: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: September 6, 1969
  • Place of Discharge: Ft. Lewis, Washington
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    January, 1968 March, 1968 Ft, Campbell, Kentucky
    April, 1968 June, 1968 Ft. Jackson, South Carolina
    June, 1968 August, 1968 Ft. Benning, Georgia
    September, 1968 September, 1968 3BR6-2/35th, Company D, 4th Infantry, Vietnam
  • Military Awards:
    Combat Infantry Badge
    Presidential Award Markmanship
    National Defense
    Vietnam Occupation

  • Military Highlights:
    September 9, 1968 - My first impression upon landing in Vietnam was, as they opened the doors on the plane, a wave of unbelievable heat and humidity hit me. I thought I'll never survive. I would have this thought many times in my year there.

    I carried about 80 to 90 pounds on my back--radio, spare battery, 20 magazines M-16 ammunition, 300 rounds of M-60 ammunition, 6-8 quarts of water, food, and personal stuff. Again, many times I thought I wouldn't survive. We were in combat 200 days out of 365. Losing comrades and friends took it's toll on me as I relive these things nightly. God has blessed me with a wonderful family and friends to make my journey easier.

    I am willing to share my story and answer questions to groups, etc.

  • Wars Involved:
    Vietnam Era

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