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Milam County, Texas: List of Honor --
Individuals Who Have Given Their Lives in the
Defense of Their Country from World War I through Vietnam

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Eddie Vernon Harris [1] [2]

Corporal (posthumously), U.S. Army, Korean War


Service No.: 18314463

Born: 28 Aug 1929 at Washington Co., TX [3]

Died: 24 Sep 1950 at Sachon, South Korea [4]

Age at time of loss: 21 years, 26 days

Home of Record: Cameron, Texas

Race: Negro

Marital Status: Single

Occupation: Farm Laborer

Attended: graduated from high school, Bellview, Texas

Religion: Protestant

Entered Service: 23 Oct 1946

Overseas Duty: 24 Aug 1950 to 24 Sep 1950

Physical Description: Height-5'11", Weight-147 lbs., Eyes-brown, Hair-black, Shoe Size-9D

Ship/Unit: Medical Company, 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division


Casualty Type: Hostile, killed-in-action

Cause of Death: trauma to head

Casualty Location: unit patrolled map coordinate: DP 174 817 (3505'N x 12805'E) body recovered map coordinate: DP 469 954 (3512'N x 12825'E)

Soundex Code: H-620

Census: None available

Parents: John L. Harris, Ft. Worth, Texas and Carolina ________ Harris Morris, Midland, Texas

Brothers: Johnnie Harris

Sisters: None

Paternal Grandparents: _______ Harris and Mattie _________ Harris, Leadbetter, Texas

Maternal Grandparents: ___________________________________

Wife: None

Children: None

Original Burial: Body was recovered from a grave containing the remains of several other soldiers approximately -mile northeast of the village of Tundok, approximately 1-mile southwest of the village of Changsan-Gok, and approximately 500-feet from the bottom of Pilbong Mountain.

Re-Burial: United Nations Military Cemetery, Tanggok, Korea as Unknown X-1930 (Plot: S&R, Row: Evac, Grave No.: 271) with Memorial Service: General Religious Ceremony performed by Chaplain (Major) Gerald C. Dean

Re-Burial: 1100 hours, 3 Nov 1954, Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas (Section: A, Grave No.: 233-B)

Arrangements: Sutton & Sutton Funeral Home, San Antonio, Texas

Military Escort: Master Sergeant Calvin Kelly (Service No.: 6242631)

Military Honors Rendered by: 52nd Military Police Company

Milam County War Memorial:

PFC Harris became missing-in-action on 24 Sep 1950 while out with a patrol as a medical aid man, near Sechon, Korea. He was unaccounted for after the patrol was ambushed by the enemy. [5]

Anthropological Report [6]

The remains of a tall man of average muscularity. The skull is medium in size and long oval in shape, with a rounded sagittal contour. The forehead is low and presents a slight sloping profile. The browridges are pronounced at the glabella region. The orbital openings are rectangular. The nasal aperture is narrow with sharp lower borders. The mandible is average in size, of narrow width and medium structure, forming a rounded, straight chin. Evidence of injuries of the head, chest, both arms and the left leg. The parts present as indicated on the skeletal chart represent one and the same individual. Condition of remains precludes further comment.


[1] Casey, p. 161.

[2] Individual Deceased Personnel 293 File, U.S. Army Total Personnel Command Center, Alexandria, VA

[3] Birth Certificate No. 70698, Washington Co., TX

[4] Death Certificate, None found in Milam Co., TX

[5] Memorandum for the Record, dated 25 Sep 1951 by LTC R. W. Prior.

[6] Quarter Master Corps Form 1044b, dated 29 Oct 1951.

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