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Earle Russell Hart, Jr. of Berwyn, PA, died, September 11, after a long battle with heart disease. He was 87. The son of Mildred Barnes and Earle Russell Hart, Sr, Earle spent his childhood years in Aldan, PA, graduating from Lansdowne High School. Only 18 years old when he was drafted into WW II, Earle joined the 87th Infantry Division, in a rifle platoon. He survived 5 months of frontline combat in Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. He believed that the soldiers who should never be forgotten were "the guys who didn't make it back" After the war, Earle earned a degree in mechanical engineering at Swarthmore College. In 1957, he founded Harowe Servo Controls, which manufactured guidance mechanisms used in commercial and private aircraft and ballistic missiles. In the 1960's Harowe grew to be the second largest employer in West Chester. Earle was an active member of the community, serving on numerous boards. An avid tennis player, outdoorsman and historian, Earle restored Mine Run Farm, an 1806 farmhouse and stone bank barn in Charlestown Township that is listed on the Pennsylvania Inventory of Historic Places. He served as historian for the 87th and gathered an extensive collection of photos and memorabilia on the war. He was a sought after speaker on the war, speaking on the Today Show during the 50th Anniversary Celebration of D-Day. Earle was one of several GI's to testify in front of Congress to promote the building of the WWII Memorial built in Washington DC. He is survived by his loving wife, Holly McCord Hart, a brother James Hart, and beloved daughters, Virginia Hart, Peggy Earle (Bruce), Carol Lee Kramer, and Judy Case (Scott). Their mother, Marion Schwem Hart, his sister, Lois Reeside and his brother, Richard Hart, predeceased him. He also leaves behind 12 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. A private family burial was held at Philadelphia Memorial Park with military honors.

Published in Main Line Media News on Sept. 29, 2013
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