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