PAUL J HARRISON
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HONORED ON PANEL 7E, LINE 96 OF THE WALL

PAUL JAMES HARRISON

WALL NAME

PAUL J HARRISON

PANEL / LINE

7E/96

DATE OF BIRTH

08/12/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/21/1966

HOME OF RECORD

LAKEWOOD

COUNTY OF RECORD

Los Angeles County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR PAUL JAMES HARRISON
POSTED ON 4.11.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

correction

Thank you for being an Airborne Qualified Indirect Fire Infantryman with the 1st Cavalry, and for your Distinguished Service Cross.
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POSTED ON 4.11.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sp4 Paul Harrison,
Thank you for your service as a Rifleman. It is Lent, which is a time of preparation. The war was years ago, but we all need to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 7.4.2015
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP4 Paul James Harrison, 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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POSTED ON 8.11.2012
POSTED BY: Arnold M. Huskins

Distinguished Service Cross

As a member of Mortar Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Cav, 1st Cavalry Division, SP4 Harrison died bravely defending Landing Zone Hereford near Vinh Thanh in Binh Dinh Province in Vietnam's Central Highlands. Contrary to the citation below, he was fighting North Vietnamese Regulars.



May the American people never forget the sacrifice he made for freedom.



Citation: The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Paul James Harrison (RA19766351), Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). Specialist Four Harrison distinguished himself on 21 May 1966 while serving as a rifleman during a combat mission. On this date, the mortar platoon of Specialist Four Harrison's company was scheduled to be the last element to be extracted from the operational area. As the last rifle platoon was extracted, the mortar platoon suddenly received intense hostile fire from an estimated Viet Cong company which began attacking in full force. Observing that the platoon's single mortar weapon was destroyed during the initial attack, Specialist Four Harrison immediately rushed through the intense hostile fire and began delivering suppressive fire onto the advancing Viet Cong. Inspired by his aggressiveness, Specialist Four Harrison's comrades held their ground as long as possible. When the ammunition supply became critically low and position after position succumbed to the overwhelming insurgent force, the remaining members of the mortar platoon were forced to withdraw. Recognizing that many of the withdrawing troops were hit by Viet Cong fire, Specialist Four Harrison decided to hold his ground alone and provided as much fire cover as possible for his comrades. With complete disregard his safety, Specialist Four Harrison advanced forward to a vantage point to draw the hostile fire away from his comrades and to more efficiently provide fire cover for the withdrawing survivors. When his ammunition was expended and the insurgent force was advancing toward his position, Specialist Four Harrison fearlessly jumped from his foxhole, charged the Viet Cong and engaged them in hand to hand combat. He continued to inflict casualties until he was finally overcome by the surmountable odds. Through his courage, he undoubtedly saved the remainder of his unit. Specialist Four Harrison's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. Headquarters, US Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 6409 (November 18, 1966)

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POSTED ON 4.28.2011
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Paul is buried at Westminster Memorial Park, Westminster, Orange County,CA.
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