|Birth: ||Mar. 24, 1924|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 4, 2013|
New York, USA
SGT US MARINE CORPS CPL US MARINE CORPS WORLD WAR II, KOREA
Albert Jay Harris, 89, passed away peacefully at Saratoga Hospital on October 4th, 2013.
Al was born at home on March 24, 1924 in the hamlet of Harris, New York. He was the youngest of the three children of Jeanette and Jay B. Harris. Al worshipped his older siblings Agnes and Jack, who as well as with his parents, preceded him in death.
Upon high school graduation in the summer of 1942 as the country geared up for the Second World War, Al enlisted in the Marine Corps and was trained at Camp Pendleton, California in the use of the 30-caliber machine gun, a devise which required a 3-man crew to operate. The three crew members became fast friends as well as comrades-in-arms.
Al survived the fighting on Roi-Namuar in the Marshall Islands campaign, Saipan and Tinian in the Mariana Islands campaign, and the battle for Iwo Jima. One of his two buddies died on the beach Saipan on day one of the fight and the other was killed on Iwo Jima towards the end of the engagement. Al mourned his two friends thereafter and paid homage to the tens of thousands of brave young men on both sides of the fighting who were killed in those horrifying days in those faraway places right up until his own final conscious moments.
After the war he took a job with New York Telephone as a lineman and over the next 43 years rose through the ranks to management positions with "NY Bell" and later, onto senior level management with the parent corporation, AT&T. During his career his job entailed relocations from the Monticello office to Albany, Manhattan, St. Louis, and finally to the AT&T headquarters in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. He retired to his home in Ballston Spa in 1984.
In 1947, he and some veteran friends decided it would be a swell idea to join the Marine Reserves inasmuch as the local unit had a baseball team that was a good one and they would all have a chance to play. But ultimately Al thought that was somewhat less than a great decision when the Korean War broke out and he was recalled to active duty and sent south to Camp Lajeune, North Carolina as a Sargent training new recruits in the use of the 30-caliber air and water-cooled machine guns.
And so Al did his duty to his country a second time without complaint. In all Al served honorably for eight years in the Marine Corps. And after that, he never touched a gun again.
Al and Nancy were married and completely devoted to one another for 56 years until her death in 2004.
Interment will take place at 12:30pm on Monday October 7 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery where Al's (and Nancy's) remains will rest alongside those of comrades in a fitting setting.
Nancy J. Harris (1928 - 2004)*
Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery
New York, USA
Plot: SECTION 6 SITE 641
Created by: Laurie & Nate S.
Record added: Oct 10, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 118477662
Added: Oct. 25, 2013