JACK H HARRIS
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HONORED ON PANEL 11E, LINE 111 OF THE WALL

JACK HAROLD HARRIS

WALL NAME

JACK H HARRIS

PANEL / LINE

11E/111

DATE OF BIRTH

09/23/1926

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

10/26/1966

HOME OF RECORD

SCHOFIELD

COUNTY OF RECORD

Marathon County

STATE

WI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

CDR

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JACK HAROLD HARRIS
POSTED ON 6.15.2016
POSTED BY: Russell Harris

CDR Jack Harold Harris

On March 26, 1965 units of the US Seventh Fleet began their participation in Operation Rolling Thunder. Three aircraft were shot down with one pilot being loss. CDR Jack H. Harris, CO of Attack Squadron 155 flying A-4E, lost his engine to enemy fire while over the target and ejected just offshore the island. The USS Charr surfaced and picked him up within a matter of minutes. CDR Harris was eventually high-lined to a Navy destroyer for return to the Coral Sea. In appreciation of his stay on the Charr, CDR Harris made each crewman an honorary member of his squadron. Sadly CDR Harris was killed on 26 October 1966 in a fire aboard the USS Oriskany.
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POSTED ON 8.19.2015
POSTED BY: Steve Conto, Menasha, WI

The Final Bridge

Jack is buried at El Camino Memorial Park, town of Sorrento Valley near MCAS Miramar. Jack is located in the Garden of Honor section at the top of the hill, 6th row in from the west (service road) 3rd column to the south of the small mausoleum in the section.
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POSTED ON 10.8.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear CDR Jack Harold 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 11.14.2012
POSTED BY: Tom Burgdorf

Commander Jack H Harris

VA-155 Commanding Officer in the 1964-64 USS Coral Sea Cruise Book. He was also Shot down and rescued by a Sub while on this Cruise the Last Pilot to ever be rescued by a Sub.

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POSTED ON 12.19.2010
POSTED BY: Steve Conto, Menasha, WI

Finding the Skipper - Stories From The Final Bridge

In Naval aviation the commanding officer of a squadron is known as the Skipper. Commander Harris was the Skipper of VA-155 onboard the USS Coral Sea during the Vietnam War. After completing his tour with VA-155 he was assigned to the USS Oriskany. Just two weeks later tragedy struck and Commander Harris, along with 43 crewmen, were killed in a fire onboard the Oriskany. The date was October 26, 1966. Commander Jack left behind a wife and two children. In December of 2010, I was expanding my searches for the gravesites of the individuals around Wausau, Wisconsin who were killed in Vietnam. I came upon the town of Schofield and three individuals, one being Commander Jack H. Harris. I contacted the county Library to inquire about his final resting place. At first they had no information, but one research clerk did some additional work and found a newspaper article and the obituary for Commander Harris. It stated he was buried in El Camino Memorial Park in San Diego, California not far from the former Miramar Naval Air Station, where he was homeported with VA-155. I called the Park and confirmed where he was buried. I then contacted the county and state records offices to ensure that his burial site would be entered in their database. For I have found if they are buried outside of Wisconsin, the state has no record of their burial location. For all the Skippers I've served under, it was an honor to serve Commander Harris in this way.
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