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GEORGE WILLIAM HARRIS


is honored on Panel 20E, Line 116 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 5/26/18 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    George William Harris

    DATE OF BIRTH: 2-Jun-34

    HOME OF RECORD:
    Stratford, Connecticut


    Silver Star
    AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
    DURING Vietnam War
    Service: Army
    Rank: Sergeant First Class
    Division: 1st Special Forces
    GENERAL ORDERS:
    Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 3307 (July 1, 1967)
    CITATION:
    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant First Class George William Harris (ASN: RA-11301176), United States Army, for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force while serving with Detachment A-302, Company A, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, in the Republic of Vietnam. Sergeant First Class Harris distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action on 26 May 1967 while serving as Special Forces Commander of a Vietnamese reconnaissance platoon during a search and destroy mission near Tong Le Chon. When two Vietnamese companies made contact with Viet Cong, they deployed for an advance into the hostile positions with Sergeant Harris' platoon in the lead. His unit soon received fire from an enemy company guarding the base camp. Heedless of booby traps and intense machine gun fire from fortified positions, Sergeant Harris led his men into the midst of the Viet Cong fortifications. When a burst of hostile fire killed a machine gun crew next to him and severely wounded him in the right shoulder, he picked up the machine gun and continued the assault. Reaching the first bunker, he killed the two insurgents inside, then rallied his men to continue the attack. While pressing the assault, Sergeant Harris was mortally wounded. Sergeant First Class Harris' gallantry in action, at the cost of his life, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 4/11/16 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SFC George William Harris, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • We Remember

    Posted on 1/11/09 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    George is buried at Milford Cemetery in Milford, Conn.
  • Missing you

    Posted on 4/22/07 - by Kathleen Harris (Granddaughter) applecrossnswa@yahoo.com
    I still miss you even today. Still not sure how it is that i can miss someone that i never met.
    I miss you and will always love you. I just wish i knew your face...
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  • NEVER FORGOTTEN

    Posted on 5/26/05 - by Bill Nelson 2/502nd Infantry,101st Airborne bill.nelson@hbo.com
    FOREVER REMEMBERED

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul....and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.



    From your "Band of Vietnam Brothers"
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