Michael Owen Hardesty

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
02 October 1946 - 06 September 1968
Galesville, Maryland
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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19 Jul 2004

Michael Hardesty was my uncle for whom I am named. His sister, Martha, is my mother. Michael and she were only 11 months apart, and were very close as children. Michael was killed on September 6, 1968 not even a month before his 22 birthday. I was a little over a year old. I wish I knew him.

He was survived by his parents, his sister, Martha, his three older brothers, Tommy, Bo and Jerry, 3 nieces, a nephew and his fiancee.

Many years ago, I found the letters Michael had sent home while in Viet Nam. They are really sad and painful to read. I wish with all my heart that he had come home; our family was never the same after his death. This, I am sure, is a common story.

Michael called me "little Mike" in all his letters. I was born 9 months before he left for Viet Nam, and I swear I can remember him playing peek-a-boo behind his hands with me.

For what it's worth, Michael, I hope you know how much you are missed - 37 years later. Every year your family, one by one, stops by your grave. I live 2000 miles away from there, but every day I visit you in my heart - I carry your name and your memory with pride.

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123rd Avn Bn

Although formally assigned to Headquarters Company, 198th Infantry Brigade, PFC Hardesty was serving with the Aeroscout Company, 123rd Aviation Battalion, when he was wounded.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his niece,
Michelle Lynn Baker Vest
19 Jul 2004

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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