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 James Lindell Harris

James Lindell Harris

Birth
Hillsboro, Hill County, Texas, USA
Death 7 Oct 1944 (aged 28)
Vagney, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Burial Hillsboro, Hill County, Texas, USA
Plot Section 30 - Harris Plot
Memorial ID 18068 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 756th Tank Battalion. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery on October 7, 1944, at Vagney, France. His citation reads "At 9 p.m. an enemy raiding party, comprising a tank and 2 platoons of infantry, infiltrated through the lines under cover of mist and darkness and attacked an infantry battalion command post with hand grenades, retiring a short distance to an ambush position on hearing the approach of the M-4 tank commanded by 2d Lt. Harris. Realizing the need for bold aggressive action, 2d Lt. Harris ordered his tank to halt while he proceeded on foot, fully 10 yards ahead of his 6-man patrol and armed only with a service pistol, to probe the darkness for the enemy. Although struck down and mortally wounded by machinegun bullets which penetrated his solar plexus, he crawled back to his tank, leaving a trail of blood behind him, and, too weak to climb inside it, issued fire orders while lying on the road between the 2 contending armored vehicles. Although the tank which he commanded was destroyed in the course of the fire fight, he stood the enemy off until friendly tanks, preparing to come to his aid, caused the enemy to withdraw and thereby lose an opportunity to kill or capture the entire battalion command personnel. Suffering a second wound, which severed his leg at the hip, in the course of this tank duel, 2d Lt. Harris refused aid until after a wounded member of his crew had been carried to safety. He died before he could be given medical attention." His Medal was posthumously awarded to him on April 23, 1945.


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  • Added: 25 Oct 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18068
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Lindell Harris (27 Jun 1916–7 Oct 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18068, citing Ridge Park Cemetery, Hillsboro, Hill County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .