The glorious past of America is reflected in the heroism of its military service members.

This portion of the Hartshorn Web Page chooses to honor one of many Hartshorn heroes.

Among them is William McCutcheon Hartshorn.

William M. Hartshorn graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C. He was in the same graduating class as his cousin, John Elden Hartshorn (and John's future wife, Avonne) in June, 1941. His interests centered around making saiboats and model airplanes. These would develop more actively later in his life. His entry into Dartmouth College in 1941 was interrupted by World War II. His enlistment in the Army Air Corps in October, 1942 saw his graduation from pilot training a year and a half later. In 1944, he was serving in the European theatre, flying 26 missions as a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter pilot. Along with nearly half of his squadron, he was shot down over Holland. He suffered a broken leg while parachuting from the downed aircraft. The next year was spent in military hospitals in Europe and the U.S. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Medal, with clusters, as well as unit and battle ribbons. In 1946 he returned to Dartmouth College, graduating in 1948. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and the the Senior Society, the Casque and Gauntlet.

His marriage to Gloria Lenore Wallace in 1947 took place after a whirlwind courtship. She was a student at nearby Colby College and a native of the Philadelphia suburb of Narberth. It was there that the Hartshorns began their family. Bill began work as a salesman at Ryerson Steel. Shortly after the birth of their second daughter, Bill Hartshorn was recalled to active duty in the Korean War. He served as pilot and radar operator. During operations there he was awarded the Bronze Star.

His boyhood interests of sailboating continued as he frequently sailed in U.S. and Caribbean waters. He owned many sailboats, both large and small, and became Commodore of the Privateer Yacht Club in 1983. He retired in 1985 after a twenty-seven year career with Carpenter Steel where he was awarded numerous sales awards. The life of William M. Hartshorn has been one of service to God and family. His interests have always included a close personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. He has served in the Presbyterian church as Sunday School teacher, deacon, elder and volunteer worker. He continues to enjoy the closeness of his children and grandchildren. The high point of his life can best be summed up by a statement given to the compiler: "Rich indeed is the one who has a beautiful and loving wife and then children who love and seek to walk with their Lord."

Derick S. Hartshorn - 2008
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