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Jack C. "Jackie" Harney
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Birth: Aug. 24, 1936
Gardner
Huerfano County
Colorado, USA
Death: Jun. 19, 1955, Greenland

Son of Andrew Daniel "Andy" Harney (1892-1978) and Gladys Junior Taylor. The Harney's had six children and they were as follows:
Elsie Joyce Harney 2/1/1928 - 1932
Jimmy Daniel Harney 8/17/1929 - 1930
William Duane Harney 2/17/1931 - 10/4/1999
Margie Marie Harney 7/24/1932 - 1/17/1998
Jack C. Harney 8/24/1936 - 6/19/1955
Living Harney

Jackie had joined the Air Force and was sent to Greenland as a member of the 6611 Material Squadron. His commander, Maj. Robert A. Miller, sent the following letter to his parents detailing Jackie's death:

"Dear Mr. & Mrs. Harney:
I am writing this letter to furnish you a more complete account of circumstances surrounding your son's death, than may have been furnished by the official notification and casualty report.
On the morning of June 19th, a group of our young men including Jackie, departed early to visit a dead glacier within five miles of the station limits. They had completed their visit, and were returning to the camp when Jackie and another boy attempted to cross a small stream of the glacier's waters which was about four or five feet deep. The swift current swept Jackie off his feet and carried him into a rather deep pool of water at the base of the mountain. He was unable to swim against the current, and the water was very turbulent. He was seen to have gone down, reappearing once,disappearing thereafter. The other persons made every effort to find a branch or line to render aid, but were not able to do so. Another member of the party was immediately dispatched to return to the base and an entire rescue team was then dispatched to render aid and assist the rescue.
In this respect, every available means to locate the body have been utilized, and to date we have been unsuccessful. A continuous search will go on for an indefinite period, even though officially the search will have discontinued before you receive this letter. You may rest assured that you will receive immediate notification of any further developments.
At this time, I think you should know that a portion of your grief is shared by a great number of the men in this squadron; Jackie was, in my opinion, one of the finest boys in the unit. You will of course know from his letters that his promotion in February of this year was tendered as a ewaulr (sic) od (sic) (should read "example of" his duty performance, which was above reproach in all respects. His careful attention to his duty, and the willing cheerfulness with which he faced each day went far to bolster the morale of the entire section. At no time have I had the unpleasant duty of criticizing him in any fashion, and I can offer no higher compliment to you as his parents, than to say - He reflected fine home training, and that worthwhile training was in turn reflected by this young airman in the attitude and affection of his fellow airmen.
Jackie's personal effects will be safeguarded and prepared for shipment as soon as possible; in the meantime, if there is any assistance I or my staff may offer you, or if any further information is desired by you, please do not hesitate to ask.

Please accept the most heartfelt sympathy of the entire squadron in your time of need.
Yours very truly.
Robert A. Miller
Major, USAF
Commander"

Jackie's body was never recovered and remains lost in the icy waterways of Greenland.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Andrew Daniel Harney (1892 - 1978)
  Gladys J. Harney (1909 - 1995)
 
Burial:
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: Body lost in a stream in Greenland
 
Created by: Rick Lawrence
Record added: Dec 15, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62959763
Jack C. Jackie Harney
Added by: Rick Lawrence
 
Jack C. Jackie Harney
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Jack C. Jackie Harney
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- Rick Lawrence
 Added: Feb. 22, 2011
 
 
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