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First Name: Henry

Last Name: Harrison

Birthplace: Houston, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Marines (present)

Home of Record: Houston, TX
Middle Name: A.

Date of Birth: 07 June 1924

Date of Death: 06 December 1952

Rank: Private First Class

Years Served:
Henry Anthony Harrison

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Henry Anthony Harrison

Private 1st Class, U. S. Marine Corps

Navy Cross

SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force Pacific: Serial 52530 (SofN Signed November 29, 1947)
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Private First Class Henry A. Harrison, Jr. (MCSN: 820356), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Group Leader, serving with Company H, Third Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, FIFTH Marine Division, During action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 15 March 1945.
When the enemy could not be dislodged by rifle fire or grenades during an attempt by our troops to silence a heavy gun, Private First Class Harrison led his group in a charge on the hostile position and, although flash-blinded by an enemy grenade and unable to see clearly, braved a constant hail of rifle fire and grenades to engage in hand-to-hand combat with the Japanese. Personally annihilating five of the enemy, he forced the others to take cover in a deep cave and, leaving his men to guard the cave, ran back through hostile rifle and machine-gun fire to obtain explosives. Carrying them forward to the cave, he placed a charge to destroy the installation and, although wounded by rifle fire, remained in his exposed position until the charge was set. Crawling to another position, he refused evacuation until the area was secured. His courage and devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Private First Class Harrison and the United States Naval Service.

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Texas WWII Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 315796   Created by: drjones46




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