Harris, Samuel C, Jr., Cpl

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Last Service Branch
Engineer Corps
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Engineer Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 729, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
Service Years
1947 - 1950


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Casualty Date
Nov 25, 1950
Hostile, Died while Missing
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Korea, North
Korean War
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 Unit Assignments
65th Engineer Battalion25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1950-1950, 729, 65th Engineer Battalion/C Company
  1950-1950, 729, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Eighth Army Offensive
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)/Battle of Pusan Perimeter
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite
  1950-1953 Korean War
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Last Known Activity
Assigned to Company C, 65th Combat Engineer Battalion, 25th Infantry Division.  On Nov. 25, 1950, Company C came under intense enemy attack when it was occupying a position near Hill 222 situated south of the Kuryong River east of the “Camel’s Head” bend, North Korea.  He was reported missing in action on Nov. 27.

Corporal Samuel Carson Harris, Jr was a member of Company C, 65th Engineer Combat Battalion, 25th Infantry Division. He was listed as Missing in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on November 27, 1950. He was presumed dead on December 31

The kind and gentle soldier from East Tennessee had been stationed in Guam for a couple of years and was on the verge of ending his tour of duty when the Korean War broke out. Instead of heading home, Harris went off to war, and after a brutal battle in North Korea in November 1950, Harris, who’d joined the Army at the age of 19, was 21 when he was reported MIA.

Corporal Harris was awarded the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.  Harris will be buried at Arlington Cemetery on April 10, 2009.

SN; RA14276188
MOS; 5729

Harris was the second of six children born to Samuel Carson Harris Sr. and Maude Bates Harris of Rogersville. His siblings remember him as a friendly, gentle soul who experienced personal hardship at a very young age.

When he was a toddler, Harris fell and hit his head on a metal bucket. Doctors inserted a steel plate in his head, but he was paralyzed for years. One day, when he was still a boy, the paralysis miraculously lifted.

Sam Jr. was raised in Rogersville near the First Baptist Church. He was an industrious boy, always ready to earn some extra money doing odd jobs and mowing lawns around the neighborhood.

The family moved to Bristol in 1947, shortly before Sam. Jr. joined the army. He’d always been interested in engineering and planned on making a career of the Army.

Just 21 when he died, Harris loved engineering and the Army and planned to make it his career, Griswold said. His parents got word of his death around Christmas time, but kept the news from his two youngest siblings because they didn't want to ruin their holidays.

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