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KEITH ROLLAND HARSH
Guard Advisor Will Retire
   The senior Army advisor to the Michigan Army National Guard, Col. Keith R. Harsh, 1229 Ravenswood, will retire from the U.S Army on Jan. 31 after nearly 30 years of service.
   He has served in Europe and the Far East.
   He headed the U.S. Army unit which advises Army National National Guard units throughout the state.
  
A COMBAT veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict he was recently inducted into the Infantry Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, Ga.

[Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michigan) 24 Jan 1972, Mon Page 14]

KEITH R. HARSH, 68, of Lansing, Mich., died Sunday.

He retired from the military with the rank of colonel, and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

Surviving are his wife, Dorothy; three daughters, including Ira D. Snouffer of Fort Wayne; a son; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Services are 11:30 a.m. tomorrow in Lansing. Preferred memorials are gifts to St. Vincent Children's Home. 

(The News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, IN, 18 Dec 1991, Page 6A - courtesy of Tedd Cocker)

Keith Harsh, 68, soldier, jeweler By SHERIDAN HONORE Lansing State Journal Country and family were probably probably the two most important things in Keith Roland Harsh's life, family members said Tuesday.
   He died Sunday morning in Lansing from a massive heart attack.
   He was born April 8, 1923, in Lenawee County.
   He attended Michigan State University for a short period but enrolled in the U.S. Army after Pearl Harbor was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941. He spent most of his military career in the 82nd Airborne Division.
   "He was very businesslike and an excellent Army officer," said Dorothy Jean Harsh, his wife. "He was always honest, and he tried to be true to the things he believed in. He was kind of hard-headed sometimes."
   He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit Merit and two Purple Hearts. After he retired from the Army in January 1972, he helped form and was a partner in H and H Jewelry Jewelry Designs in Lansing.
   He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Ira Durbin Snouffer of Fort Wayne, Ind., Sandra Cook of Houston and Jannine Alexander of Lansing; and one son, Michael Harsh of Athens, Ga.
   Visitation is today 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Palmer Bush Delta Chapel. Services will be held 1:30 a.m. Thursday in the chapel at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Battle Creek
.

[Lansing State Journal, Lansing, MI, 18 Dec 1991, Wed, Other Editions, Page 10]


[courtesy of 'Sharon W']

Grave marker of Keith Rolland Harsh in Plot 11, 0, 154 at the Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta (Kalamazoo County), Michigan.

Keith was a 1st Lieutenant in the 508th PIR and served as the 1st Battalion's S-2 (Intelligence) officer in Holland during Operation Market-Garden. Of significance on his grave marker  is the fact that he won the Silver Star, apparently during his tour in Korea and was also awarded the Purple Heart. He retired as a full Colonel.

Col. Harsh died on Dec 15, 1991.  His wife Dorothy, who died ten years later, is buried with him.