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Pvt Wallace Junior Harris

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Pvt Wallace Junior Harris

Birth
Caldwell, Canyon County, Idaho, USA
Death
9 Feb 1945 (aged 21)
Berdorf, Canton d'Echternach, Grevenmacher, Luxembourg
Burial
University Place, Pierce County, Washington, USA Add to Map
Plot
2-C-1 #185
Memorial ID
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Pvt Wallace J. Harris was killed in action on February 9, 1945. He was originally interred in the American military cemetery at Hamm, Luxembourg on February 13, 1945.

Pvt Harris was a member of the 11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division. At the time of his death, the 5th was crossing the Sauer River from Luxembourg into Germany.

After the end of the war, on May 16, 1946, Congress enacted Public Law 79-383, “…to provide for the evacuation and return of the remains of certain persons who have died since September 3, 1939, and whose remains are buried in places located outside the continental limits of the United States…” . Pvt Harris’ father, Edward Harris, responded to the War Department’s January 15, 1948 letter requesting that his son’s remains be brought home to be buried privately.

Pvt Harris was disinterred in Luxembourg in 1948, and, after processing of his father’s request, began the journey home to Tacoma, Washington accompanied by a military escort. His remains arrived in Tacoma aboard Northern Pacific Railroad train 407 on May 27, 1949.

C.C. Mellinger Company handled funeral arrangements for Pvt Harris. A funeral with full military rites was held on Saturday, May 28, 1949 followed by burial in the veteran’s section at New Tacoma Cemetery in University Place, WA.

Pvt Harris’ parents, Edward and Jessie, as well as his brother, Ed, and sisters, Jessie (Tennison) and Rose (Tennison), are also interred at New Tacoma Cemetery.



Citation:
1. An Act to provide for the evacuation and return of the remains of certain persons who died and are buried outside the continental limits of the United States, (Public Law 79-383)

Pvt Wallace J. Harris was killed in action on February 9, 1945. He was originally interred in the American military cemetery at Hamm, Luxembourg on February 13, 1945.

Pvt Harris was a member of the 11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division. At the time of his death, the 5th was crossing the Sauer River from Luxembourg into Germany.

After the end of the war, on May 16, 1946, Congress enacted Public Law 79-383, “…to provide for the evacuation and return of the remains of certain persons who have died since September 3, 1939, and whose remains are buried in places located outside the continental limits of the United States…” . Pvt Harris’ father, Edward Harris, responded to the War Department’s January 15, 1948 letter requesting that his son’s remains be brought home to be buried privately.

Pvt Harris was disinterred in Luxembourg in 1948, and, after processing of his father’s request, began the journey home to Tacoma, Washington accompanied by a military escort. His remains arrived in Tacoma aboard Northern Pacific Railroad train 407 on May 27, 1949.

C.C. Mellinger Company handled funeral arrangements for Pvt Harris. A funeral with full military rites was held on Saturday, May 28, 1949 followed by burial in the veteran’s section at New Tacoma Cemetery in University Place, WA.

Pvt Harris’ parents, Edward and Jessie, as well as his brother, Ed, and sisters, Jessie (Tennison) and Rose (Tennison), are also interred at New Tacoma Cemetery.



Citation:
1. An Act to provide for the evacuation and return of the remains of certain persons who died and are buried outside the continental limits of the United States, (Public Law 79-383)


Inscription

WALLACE J HARRIS
WASHINGTON
PVT 11 INF 5 DIV
WORLD WAR II
JUNE 28, 1923 FEB 9 1945



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