Charles Edward HarrisLance Corporal
4TH PLT, 1ST FORCE RECON CO, 1ST RECON BN, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
19 August 1947 - 14 January 1968
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The database page for Charles Edward Harris
I only knew Chuck a few weeks. He talked about his father, brother and becoming an officer on the LZ. He was a good Marine and died doing his job. I will not forget him.
From a fellow Marine.
I was in my early teens when Chuck Harris moved in across the street from me. He became a good friend to everyone in the neighborhood. I remember when he bought a motorcycle - the kids all lined up and he would take us for rides around the block. I have never stopped missing him.
Simply stated, Chuck was a very remarkable young man. He was shot saving the life of fellow Marine. His family received a letter from the Marine he saved - the Harris' as I remember were very touched.
The night the message came regarding his death our family was having dinner. I remember getting up and looking out the front door. Chuck's family lived directly across the street, and there were (it seems like a dozen) cars all around the house. We lived in a military town and we all knew as soon as we saw them Chuck was dead. I left the table and went to my room and cried. My family was just as upset about Chuck's death as I was. He still talks about Chuck.
The day I went to see Chuck at the funeral home was one of the saddest in my life. I looked into the room where his casket was and his Father had just kissed him. He put both of his hands on Chuck's shoulders and gently shook him as if to wake him up, talking to him and crying. I will never forget that day. I went out to the car and cried my eyes out.
After Chuck's death his brother Bill served 2 tours in Vietnam. He is a pilot in the Air Force. My brother Ben Norman joined the Army and spent a tour in Vietnam. My Father was in the Civil Service and requested to go to the Philippines as an aircraft repairman.
Even though Chuck lived a short life he lived it the way God would want - Chuck died doing a job he wanted to do, serving his country. He did not die in vain.
He was buried in the National Cemetery in Hampton, Virginia, with full honors - I have visited him there a time or two.
This is the story of just one family Chuck touched ...
Cathy Norman Stanley
You wrote such a nice tribute to Chuck, thank you!
The Marine Corps seemed like the perfect place for Chuck, I still can't believe he was killed. We had some good times when he came home from school in North Carolina, and I was at Granby. I remember what a great guy he was and all the energy he had. Although my folks moved permanently to California in 1968, I would like to think that Chuck and I would still be in touch.
I hope you are doing well. It was a nice neighborhood to live in with lots of great people like you.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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