Robert Haviland
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Robert Haviland

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Robert A. Haviland
Born 1950s.
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Robert Haviland is a Military Veteran.
Served in the United States Army 1971-1977 attaining First Lieutenant
Airborne Infantry

Robert Alan Haviland, son of Albert "Al" Alvah Haviland and Elizabeth "Betty" Jean (Burns) Haviland, born in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA in 1953;[1] Infantry Officer, Civil and Environmental Engineer; married in Stamford, 2013, Jewel Kanoelani Petersen,[2] born Hawaii.

Encouraged and supported by his father and mother, he was active in the Boy Scouts of America and received his Eagle Scout award in 1967 as a member of Troop 9, Stamford.[3]

It was during these years that the door opened to family history and genealogy with the asking of a simple question to my parents. "Who were your grandparents?" And thus the search began.

Promotion to 1LT.

After graduating from Rippowam High School, Stamford in 1971, he attended, and graduated in 1975, the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He earned his Airborne Parachutist Wings at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1973. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Regular Army,[4][5] he graduated from the Infantry Officer's Basic Course and also attended the U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning. His first duty assignment was as Platoon Leader for 1st Platoon, C Company (Airborne), 4th Battalion, 23d Infantry, 172 Arctic Light Infantry Brigade at Fort Richardson, Alaska. Promotion to First Lieutenant occurred in 1977. Subsequent assignments with the 4/23 Infantry were company executive officer for C Company (Airborne) and then E Company (Combat Support). During his assignment with the 4/23 Infantry he graduated from the Jumpmaster Course, Arctic Military Mountain Orientation Course, and Chemical, Biological and Radiological Course. His Expert Infantry Badge was earned during this assignment. An injury received during training exercises resulted in an honorable discharge from active duty in 1977.[6][7]

After a short stay in New York and Florida, he returned to Alaska in 1979. His civilian career, 1979 through 2010, was primarily as a civil engineer and environmental engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District. Shorter periods of employment included working as an engineer for the Chugach National Forest in Alaska and as an engineer in the private sector.

Retiring in 2008 from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District,[8] he continued working part-time for the District until 2010.

Ring Melt Ceremony.

In January 2020 he attended the United States Military Academy, Class of 2021 Ring Melt Ceremony. Hosted by the West Point Association of Graduates, this ceremony allows graduates and families of deceased graduates to donate the gold in their class rings. This gold is melted into an ingot. The ingot is added to the gold for the juniors’ class rings. A symbolic continuation of “the long gray line”.

He currently lives with his wife Jewel in their adopted home state of Alaska. Annually they try to visit her original home state of Hawaii and occasionally visit his original home state of Connecticut.

Accomplishments Include:

  • Master of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, 1983.[9]
  • Professional Engineer License in Civil Engineering, State of Alaska, 1984.[10]
  • Tracker School's Standard Course, New Jersey, 1987.[11]
  • Professional Engineer License in Civil Engineering, State of California, 1991.[12]
  • Contributing author to the McGraw-Hill book, "Standard Handbook of Environmental Science, Health, and Technology," 2000.[13]
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2000.[14]
  • Department of the Army's Superior Civilian Service Award as a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District's Forward Engineer Support Team for service in Thailand in response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami, 2005.[15]
  • Armed Forces Civilian Service Medal for service as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District's Forward Engineer Support Team in response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Louisiana and Mississippi, 2005.[16]
  • Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Master Scuba Diver certification, Thailand, 2012.[17]



  1. Connecticut State Department of Health, Certificate of Birth for Robert Alan Haviland, No. 106-53-10137, page 570, Office of Stamford Town Clerk.
  2. State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health, License and Certificate of Marriage for Robert Alan Haviland and Jewel Kanoelani Petersen, Office of Stamford Town Clerk.
  3. National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout certificate for Robert A. Haviland, 2 Nov 1967.
  4. United States Military Academy diploma, Robert Alan Haviland, 4 Jun 1975.
  5. DD Form 1A, Appointment to Second Lieutenant, Regular Army, 4 Jun 1975.
  6. DD Form 214, Report of Separation from Active Duty, 31 Aug 1977.
  7. DD Form 13, Statement of Service, 22 Sep 1980.
  8. Standard Form 50-B, Notification of Personnel Action, Retirement-Voluntary, 30 Jun 2008.
  9. University of Alaska, Anchorage transcript, 17 Oct 1983.
  10. State of Alaska, Certificate of Registration, Robert A. Haviland, Professional Engineer CE6497, 2 Aug 1984.
  11. Tom Browns Tracking, Nature and Wilderness Survival School, Certificate, Standard Class, 10 May 1987.
  12. State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, California, Robert Alan Haviland, Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering, C47373, 2 Aug 1991.
  13. Lehr, Jay H., Ed., "Standard Handbook of Environmental Science, Health, and Technology," McGraw-Hill, New York, 2000.
  14. ASCE, American Society of Civil Engineers, Certificate, Robert A. Haviland elected Member, Sep 2000.
  15. Department of the Army, DA Form 5655, Robert A. Haviland, Superior Civilian Service Award, 21 Nov 2005.
  16. Department of the Army, DA Form 1256, Incentive Award Nomination and Approval, Armed Forces Civilian Service Medal, 6 Sep 2006.
  17. PADI Master Scuba Diver validation card, 27 May 2012.


  • DNA: Paternal relationship is confirmed by a 154.7 cM autosomal match between Robert Alan Haviland and Walter Milford Petzolt, second cousins (See GEDmatch Kits T024204 and T896301) Thereby confirming their familial lines back to their MRCAs Johann Karl August Petzolt and his wife Amelia Henrietta Dehmel. Although GEDmatch predicts the estimated number of generations to MRCA = 3.3, the 154.7 cM match is well within the ISOGG second cousin range of 46 - 515 cMs. (International Society of Genetic Genealogy, Shared cM Project, version 3.0, August 2017,
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Hello Robert,

I noticed that you are listed as the manager for Maria (Starkweather) Stanton.

I think that Maria (Starkweather) Stanton is my 5th great grandmother but I don’t have any documentary proof. My thinking is based strictly on my DNA results that are matching me with several individuals surnamed STANTON and on Ancestry’s ThruLines that connect me to John Stanton and Mary Starkweather.

When I saw your name as managing Mary Starkweather’s profile, I decided to compare your GEDmatch Kit Number with mine (T663704) and discovered that we are distantly related because we are matching on several chromosomal segments which make me believe that we are related in more than one way.

According to Wikitree, you and I are 9th cousins through Harwood Long born in 1616.

By chance, are you directly related to Mary Starkweather?

My theory is that one of Mary Starkweather’s daughters married (?) my 4th great grandfather Peter Treat who is shown in WikiTree to have married an unknown Freelove.

Finally, this unknown Freelove who I believe is Mary Starkweather’s daughter, is my only unknown needing to be filled within 4 generations from my paternal side.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Hello Enrique,

Mary (Starkweather) Stanton is my wife’s 6th great-grandmother. You and I must be related through another line. If you hit a stonewall in your research, consider hiring a professional genealogist. I did this for one of my lines, and they are still researching for me. They are a bit spendy, but they may make a breakthrough for you. I used ancestry’s pro genealogist to conduct research for me. Good luck! Happy holidays!

posted by Robert Haviland
Not that I know of- but I am getting one for myself- I could ask an uncle if they would do it-
posted by Betty Osborn
Robert and Betty are 8th cousins once removed
posted by Betty Osborn

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