Harris, Hugh Pate, GEN

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Last Rank
General
Last Service Branch
US
Last Primary MOS
00GC-Commanding General
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1965-1970, ROTC The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina (Cadre)
Service Years
1931 - 1965

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Home State
Alabama
Alabama
Year of Birth
1909
 
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Home Town
Anderson, AL
Last Address
Anderson, AL

Date of Passing
Nov 03, 1979
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
SECTION 2 SITE E-278 LH

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Infantry Shoulder Cord Army Staff Identification US Army Retired (Pre-2007) Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961

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General Harris was born in Anderson, Alabama in 1909. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1931. General Harris had a distinguished thirty-four year military career, which included positions as Commanding General, Berlin Command 1955; Commanding General, I Corps (Group) Korea 1961; and Commanding General of the U.S. Seventh Army 1962. At retirement in 1965, General Harris was Commanding General of the U.S. Continental Army Command.  From 1965-1970 General Harris served as President of the Citadel. He was the third consecutive officer of the grade of General to serve as President of The Citadel. He died in 1979.


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General Hugh Pate Harris was born in Anderson, Alabama and graduated from Columbia Military Academy before entering the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in 1931. Early in his carrer he led in the development of the Army's Experimental Airborne/Air Transportability efforts. He held key staff positions in the fledgling Airborne Command. He served as Chief of Staff of the 13th Airborne Division in 1943.
 

Gen. Harris held every key position associated with the ongoing development of the Army's Airborne Command. He also advised and assisted the Canadian Army's Airborne efforts. In 1951 he was Chief of Staff of the XVIII Airborne Corps, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. He served as Regimental Commander during the war in Korea in 1953 with the 40th Infantry Division. Gen. Harris then became Deputy Chief of Staff, Eighth Army in Korea. 
 

He took over the Berlin Command, U.S. Army, Europe. In 1956 General Harris took command of the 11th Airborne Division, Seventh U.S. Army, Europe. In April, 1960 General Harris became Commanding General, U.S. Army Infantry Center and Commandant, U.S. Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia. The next year he assumed command of I Corps (Group) and then Commanding General, Seventh U.S. Army, Europe. He received his promotion to Four Stars in 1962.
 

General Harris has received more than 20 citations and decorations including the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, three Legion of Merit Awards, The Combat Infantry, Glider and Parachute Badges. He closed his military career as President of the Citadel, Charleston, S.C. in 1965.
 

   
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General Hugh Pate Harris was born in Anderson, Alabama and graduated from Columbia Military Academy before entering the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in 1931.


Early in his carrer he led in the development of the Army's Experimental Airborne/Air Transportability efforts. He held key staff positions in the fledgling Airborne Command. He served as Chief of Staff of the 13th Airborne Division in 1943.


Gen. Harris held every key position associated with the ongoing development of the Army's Airborne Command. He also advised and assisted the Canadian Army's Airborne efforts. In 1951 he was Chief of Staff of the XVIII Airborne Corps, Ft. Bragg, N.C. He served as Regimental Commander during the war in Korea in 1953 with the 40th Infantry Division. Gen. Harris then became Deputy Chief of Staff, Eighth Army in Korea.


He took over the Berlin Command, U.S. Army, Europe. In 1956 Gen. Harris took command of the 11th Airborne Division, Seventh U.S. Army, Europe. In April, 1960 Gen. Harris became Commanding General, U.S. Army Infantry Center and Commandant, U.S. Army Infantry School, Ft. Benning, GA. The next year he assumed command of I Corps (Group) and then Commanding General, Seventh U.S. Army, Europe. He received his promotion to Four Stars in 1962 awarded by President John F. Kennedy.


Gen. Harris has received more than 20 citations and decorations including the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, three Legion of Merit Awards, The Combat Infantry, Glider and Parachute Badges. He closed his military career as President of the Citadel, Charleston, S.C. in 1964, relieving Gen. Mark Clark of WWII fame.
   
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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Airborne Glider BadgeParachutist (Basic)

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1927, US Military Academy (West Point, NY), A
 Unit Assignments
Airborne SchoolAirborne Command, Europe13th Airborne DivisionXVIII Airborne Corps
40th Infantry Division8th Army, Korea (EUSA)Berlin Command11th Airborne Division
US Army Japan (USARJ)/I Corps (FWD)HQ, 7th ArmyUS Continental Army Command (CONARC)US Army Cadet Command
  1927-1931, Airborne School
  1927-1931, Airborne School
  1931-1931, 0006, Airborne School
  1942-1943, Airborne Command, Europe
  1943-1945, 13th Airborne Division
  1951-1952, XVIII Airborne Corps
  1952-1953, 1542, 40th Infantry Division
  1953-1954, 2010, 8th Army, Korea (EUSA)
  1954-1956, HQ Berlin Command
  1956-1960, 11th Airborne Division
  1960-1961, Airborne School
  1961-1962, US Army Japan (USARJ)/I Corps (FWD)
  1962-1962, HQ, 7th Army
  1962-1965, US Continental Army Command (CONARC)
  1965-1970, ROTC The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina (Cadre)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 WWII - American Theater
  1943-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1945-1945 Central Europe Campaign (1945)/Victory in Europe Day (VE Day - 8May45)
  1945-1950 US Occupation of Germany (WWII)
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
  1952-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
  1953-1953 Korean War/Korean Summer (1953)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military AcademyThe Citadel
  1927-1931, United States Military Academy
  1965-1970, The Citadel1
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