Lynn Arden Harris

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
21 June 1946 - 08 January 1967
Columbia City, Indiana
Panel 13E Line 125


Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Lynn Arden Harris

21 May 2001


Killed in action on 1/8/67 in the Ho Bo Forest

From a fellow veteran,
Randy Kethcart

07 Oct 2006

I was with Lynn Harris the night he was killed. We were on Operation Cedar Falls up in Ho Bo Woods. We were in our night laager and were sitting in a minefield with the 2nd platoon. We were detached from the rest of the troop, which was maybe 200 yards or so above us. Lee and I were on the tracked vehicle retriever. Our track was next to SSgt Witt's tank. The artillery FOs were with SSgt Witt. He was calling in the fields of fire to mark our position for the night.

Later, when it became dark, we posted our watches on our tracks. All through the night they were firing H&I rounds over our position, marking their fields of fire. I asked the guys what hours of watch did they want. They gave me the first watch. I was sitting up in the turret on the .50 cal around midnight or shortly after. Lynn Arden Harris relieved me. I got down from the TVR and was standing between SSgt Witt's tank and the TVR. About that time a short round hit about 15 feet behind our track. I was knocked over. Lynn was killed instantly. I was very lucky - I just got hit in my head with a small piece of it. Lynn was killed by friendly fire, not this misadventure thing they say. I know - I was there.

From a friend,
John Kopp
B Troop, 3rd Sqdn, 4th Cavalry

A Note from The Virtual Wall:
"Misadventure" was (and probably still is) the term used when own forces are killed by a weapon which was discharged with the intent to do harm to the enemy ... the commonly used term "friendly fire" and "misadventure" are interchangeable; they have the same meaning.

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a fellow veteran,
Randy Kethcart

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 21 May 2001
Last updated 10/14/2006