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This page is dedicated to Private Kenneth L. Harris

 
 


505 PIR 4 combat jumps

Private Kenneth L. Harris entered Army service on October 5th,1942 from Port Huron, Saint Clair County, Michigan. Kenneth completed his parachute training at jump school, earning his wings in January of 1943, Private Kenneth L. Harris came to the 505 Parachute Infantry Regiment, G company in March of 1943. He made all four combat jumps with the Regiment, Sicily, Italy, Normandy and Holland. Unfortunately, Kenneth was killed in action, crossing the Elbe river on April 30th 1945, the last combat mission of the war for the 82nd Airborne Division.
 
Private Kenneth L. Harris was a Purple Heart medal recipient, he was awarded the Silver Star medal, for his actions on Biazzo Ridge, Sicily in July of 1943.

During the Normandy, France combat jump, Kenneth's 3rd battalion was responsible for securing the town of Saint Mere Eglise, where several vital roads connected, that were important to the German Army. See news article below.

Kenneth appears in the company G, 505 Parachute Infantry Regiment, photograph taken in early April 1943. He is located in the 4th row from the bottom, 11 paratroopers from the right.
     

 
 

Private Kenneth L. Harris, December 1942.
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Private Kenneth L. Harris
was awarded the Silver Star medal for his actions on Biazzo Ridge in July of 1943.
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Suippes, France, early December 1944. Left to right,
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(Cpl. F.X. Schweikert photo collection)

 



 

Suippes, France, early December 1944. Left to right,
Pvt. Kenneth L. Harris, Pfc. Francis X. Schweikert, unknown, Pfc. John T. Diffin (kneeling).
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(Cpl. F.X. Schweikert photo collection)

 



 

Private First Class Kenneth L. Harris earns Silver Star Medal.
(Courtesy Newspapers.com) The Times Herald, Tuesday January 18,1944.
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Private Kenneth L. Harris parachutes into Normandy, France.
(Courtesy Newspapers.com) The Times Herald, Saturday September 16,1944.
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Private Kenneth L. Harris killed in action.
(Courtesy Newspapers.com)
The Times Herald, Wednesday May 23,1945.
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Interment Record for Private Kenneth L. Harris.
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WW-II Hospital Record for Private Harris.
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(This web page was created Memorial Day May 29th, 2023)

 

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