SSG Jeffery Hartley -- Was born February 17, 1983. He was a quiet, level-headed child, with my dry sense of humor. Once he put his mind to something he kept at it until it was done and done well. He played football and was a member of the powerlifting team in Texas at Hempstead High School while holding down a part-time job. All his accomplishments were on his own and because of his wonderful character. He joined the Army at the age of 17 in his junior year of high school but had to wait until graduation to enlist.
SSG Hartley became an Army Ranger and deployed three times with 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment before transferring to the 3rd Infantry Division. He always put others first, especially those in his unit. He made his men feel like family, earning the call sign Protector 6. During his service, SSG Hartley earned eight Army Commendation Medals; one with valor, two Bronze Stars; one with valor, and two Purple Hearts.
On April 8, 2008, SSG Hartley, 25, died of wounds sustained when an improvised bomb exploded near his vehicle in Kharguliah, Iraq. SSG Hartley was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, GA.
A portion of all sales will be donated on behalf of Jeffery's Gold Star Family to the memorial in Soldier Springs Park in Weatherford, Texas http://www.parkercountymemorial.com/.