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 Fletcher W Harris, Jr

Fletcher W Harris, Jr

Birth
Texas, USA
Death 21 Jun 2009 (aged 85)
Texas, USA
Burial Hitchcock, Galveston County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 49449261 · View Source
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GALVESTON - Fletcher W. Harris, Jr., WWII hero, community watchdog, and favored son of Galveston,
surrounded by family, went to join the Lord on Father's Day, June 21, 2009- a truly appropriate day for him to
join our Heavenly Father.
Services will be held Friday, June 26 in Galveston, at 10:00 am at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home, 1201
Tremont St, Galveston, Tx, 77550. 409-765-8080 with Dr. Ray Meador officiating. Graveside services will follow
at Galveston Memorial Park, Hitchcock, Tx. Visitation is scheduled for Thursday evening, June 25 from 5:00
pm until 8:00 pm, also to be held at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home.
BOI on July 27, 1923, Fletcher attended Castle Heights Military Academy in Tennessee, class of 1941, then
the University of Tennessee, where he was President of the Sigma Chi fraternity prior to entering the Army. He
was also a member of Mensa.
Fletcher served as a 2nd Lt. in the 115th Inf. Reg, 2nd Btn., Co. B, 29th Infantry Division. D-Day +2 landed him
on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France where he subsequently engaged in fierce fighting resulting in the
liberation of St. Lo. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, European-African-Mid-Eastern Campaign
Medal- w/2 bronze stars, and the WWII Victory Medal. A unit citation of the French Croix de Guerre was also
awarded. On July 11, 1944, he lost his right hand to a German hand grenade and was subsequently
transported back to the United States where he underwent rehabilitation at McCloskey General Hospital in
Temple, Texas.
Soon after the war, Fletcher returned to Galveston and began work as a draftsman for Union Carbide. He
would eventually move into the insurance & real estate business, owned by his Father.
Fletcher was extremely civic minded and active in the community he loved so much. His family has a rich
history in Galveston. His Grandfather, William Mercer Harris was the First Baptist Church minister during the
1900 Storm. Additionally, Fletcher's Uncle, Brantley Harris served as Mayor. Fletcher was a reserve police
officer, two term city councilman, emergency operations director for the city, civil defense coordinator, Red
Cross chapter director, and all around "civic busy-body"- a title he proudly bestowed upon himself in later
years. He was also an active member in Lions Club & Rotary.
More recently, Fletcher was involved in a labor of love by actively & aggressively campaigning for the issuance
of a Purple Heart postage stamp to commemorate & honor all those who were wounded in battle. The first
issuance of that stamp came in 2003 and remains in circulation to this day.
Fletcher is preceded in death by his Mother, Thelma Longfellow Harris, Father, Fletcher Harris, Sr.
Fletcher is survived by daughter Vivianne and son-in-law Jack Harris-Bonham of Austin, TX, daughter Laura
and son-in-law George Klein of Palm Beach, Fl, son David Harris and daughter-in-law Monica of Carrollton,
Tx. Grandchildren, Paul Wunderlick, Stephanie Strangis, Rita Harris, and Andrew Harris. Great-Grandchild,
Savanah Nell Strangis.
The family would like to express its heart felt thanks to the staff at Atria Assisted Listing in Carrollton, Tx, his
personal sitter & caregiver, Lisa Andrews, and those at Century Hospice, for selflessly tending to his needs
and assuring he was comfortable in his remaining days.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests your consideration for donations to the Galveston Historical Foundation,
The National WWII Memorial Foundation, The WWII Museum, and/or the charity of your choice.
Friends may sign the register book and send the family condolences at www.CarnesBrothers.com/contactus.
Please include the Harris name.


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  • Created by: Anonymous Child
  • Added: 9 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49449261
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Fletcher W Harris, Jr (27 Jul 1923–21 Jun 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49449261, citing Galveston Memorial Park, Hitchcock, Galveston County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Anonymous Child (contributor 47197869) .