Francis Grimes Harris was born 08 January 1917 in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
He was known by his family as Frank.Frank was about 5 foot 9 inches tall and had light brown hair and hazel eyes. He had a broad face with a dimpled chin and was stockily built. He attended Peters High School in Southborough, Massachusetts, where he graduated in 1935. According to his class scrapbook he was well liked by his classmates and was known to have a good sense of humor. He also was the sports editor of the school's newspaper.Frank graduated from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1939. He also worked at the East Walpole Pharmacy in East Walpole, Mass. for his brother, John. His brothers John and Hart, Jr. were also pharmacists. His brother Charles (Charlie) was serving in the Army in the Pacific theater when Frank was killed.Frank had worked at Kinnes Pharmacy in Needham, Mass. occasionally and was employed by Clements Pharmacy in Wellesley before he went off to war.Frank Harris was in the Medical Corps in Belgium during World War II when a German V-1 Rocket ("buzz bomb") exploded in the courtyard of an American Army hospital, where he served as a pharmacist, and he was killed. He was a Technician 3rd Class Sergeant at the time of his death. The hospital Frank was working in at the time of his death was the 15th General Hospital in Liege, Belgium. "By November 22, 1944, over 100 German Buzz bombs had struck Liege and had caused 340fires in over two months. One buzz bomb destroyed the 15th General Hospital. Debris covered patients as fire fighters frantically controlled the fires and cared for the wounded." Source: Pioneers With Intent; Memoirs of an Air Force Fire Fighter, by Douglas E. Courchene, History Office, Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency Tyndall AFB, Florida; July 2003, Electronic Edition Published June 2006; page 17Frank is buried in the Henri-Chapelle cemetery in Belgium: Plot H, Row 9, Grave 11. He was awarded the Purple Heart, posthumously.
Entered the service from Massachusetts.
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