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PFC Cecil Edwin Harris

PFC Cecil Edwin Harris

Birth
Bedford County, Tennessee, USA
Death 2 Jan 1945 (aged 19)
France
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot Tablets of the Missing: Remains recovered
Memorial ID 56372837 · View Source
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Pfc. Cecil E. Harris, U.S. Army, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, was lost on Jan. 2, 1945, in France. He was accounted for May 29, 2014. He will be buried with full military honors.

MIA
179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division
Bronze Star, Purple Heart

Nearly 70 years after Cecil Harris' death, in mid-May, William Harris received confirmation from the U.S. military that his father's remains had been found in a shallow grave north of Dambach, France.
Harris said his mother and relatives told him about his father and about how he enjoyed things such as farming and hunting and a horse he owned named Strollin' Jim. The Harris family also learned some of the circumstances surrounding Cecil Harris' disappearance. William Harris' daughter, Christie Laws, said that a journal written by one of her grandfather's fellow soldiers indicated that Cecil had gone missing after a battle with German soldiers north of Dambach.

"They were under fire, and Cecil wasn't with them," Laws said. "They didn't get to go back because of a snowstorm."

"We were all humbled by this knowing that we had or they had discovered the possible remains of an American soldier who was missing for almost 70 years," Kerr said. "We were all honored that we could play some small, small role in bringing Cecil Harris home."

Gravesite Details Entered the Service from Tennessee.

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56372837
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Cecil Edwin Harris (4 Mar 1925–2 Jan 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56372837, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .