Sutherland, Harvey, S/Sgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
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Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1945-1945, HHC, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)
Service Years
1942 - 1945

Staff Sergeant

One Service Stripe

Four Overseas Service Bars

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Date of Passing
Jul 26, 2009
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 Official Badges 

Netherlands Orange Lanyard

 Unofficial Badges 

Zouave Badge

 Military Association Memberships
Chapter 19Post 8641, Merrimack Post509th Parachute Infantry AssociationMilitary Order of the Purple Heart
  1946, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 19 (Member) (Concord, New Hampshire) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1946, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 8641, Merrimack Post (National President) (Merrimack, New Hampshire) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1973, 509th Parachute Infantry Association [Verified]2
  1990, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Harvey Stevens Sutherland, Merrimack

509th Parachute Infantry & 32 Degree Mason

Harvey Stevens Sutherland, 84, of Merrimack died July 26, 2009 at his home after a brief illness.
He was born in Lynnfield, MA on Dec. 16, 1924 a son of the late C. Harvey and Pauline (Evelyth) Sutherland.

Mr. Sutherland was educated in the Lynn, MA school system.

He joined the U.S. Army at the Age of 18, and volunteered for the Parachute Infantry. He fought with the 509th Parachute Infantry in 5 major campaigns and the 82nd Airborne Division in Anzio beachhead and Rome-Arno, Italy, St. Tropez, Southern France-Airborne Assault, Manhay and St. Vith Belgium; Sadzot Belgium, Ardennes-Alsace and Rhineland Germany.

Mr. Sutherland was awarded the European Theatre of Operation ribbon with 5 campaign stars, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart with Oak-leaf Cluster, Combat infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Silver Wings, Presidential Unit Citation with Oak-Leaf Cluster, European Middle Eastern service medal, French Third Zouves Regimental Badge, WWII Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), Overseas Combat Service Medal, French Croix De Guerre with Silver Star, Gov. of France “Special Citation”, Belgium Croix De Guerre, Netherland Orange Lanyard and Battle of the Bulge. Named “Man of the Year” for the Airborne in 1993. He was also Honored with his name on the Purple Heart Trail in NH.

Mr. Sutherland was a life member of the Amity Lodge #5863, AF&AM Danvers, MA, Affiliate member of Rising Sun Lodge No. 39, Nashua, NH, Member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite 32 Degree Consistory, Valley of Nashua, Bektash Temple Shrine AAONMS, International Legion of Honor, Concord, NH, Life member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapt. 19 of NH, Member and Trustee of VFW Post 8641 of Merrimack, NH, Military order of the Purple Heart Chapter 395 of NH, Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, Member and former Trustee of the 509th Parachute Infantry Assoc., Past Commander of VFW Post 9548, and Augustus P. Gardner Post 227 American Legion both in Middleton, MA.

He was Past chairman of the Merrimack Valley Section of the American Society for Quality Control. Holding certifications as quality control technician, Quality Assurance Engineer and Quality Assurance Reliability Engineer. A Faculty member and Adjunct Professor of Reliability Engineering and Quality Assurance Process Control with the NH Technical Colleges.

Before retirement in 1988, he was at Calcomp and Lockheed Sanders of Nashua for 24 years as a Senior Procurement Quality Assurance Engineer and member of the “Apollo 11” Quality Reliability Lunar Mission for NASA.

Members of his family include his wife of 63 years, Dawn P. (Evans) Sutherland; three sons, Mark, Scott, and Kevin Sutherland; a daughter, Vicki Lyn Fuller; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a brother, Herbert Sutherland; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are at the George R. Rivet Funeral Home, 425 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack Tuesday from 2-3 & 6-9 PM. A graveside service with military honors will be Wednesday at 10 AM in the Oakdale Cemetery, Middleton, MA. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to a Military or Masonic charity, or a charity of ones choice. For more info or to sign an online register book go to

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Master Parachutist (1 Combat Jump)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne)508th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)
  1943-1945, HHC, 1st Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne)
  1945-1945, HHC, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Anzio Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Rome-Arno Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Southern France Campaign (1944)/Operation Dragoon
  1944-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of the Bulge
  1944-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
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