Paul Raymond Harrison

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
26 May 1946 - 11 June 1968
Medway, Ohio
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Combat Infantry

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Paul Raymond Harrison

18 May 1999


by Mrs. Dodds
16 Jan 2005

I was on R&R when this incident happened and I remember being in disbelief. Paul and I traveled the same path to Vietnam. We were both from Ohio and at Fort Jackson for Basic and at Fort Polk for AIT. We were not close during that time except that we were both among the "married guys" who had their wives close by at AIT and had a group picture of us and our wives (3 couples) and I have looked but can't come up with it.

When we got to Vietnam we again were in the same Company. At first we were both platoon RTOs and got to talk to each other a lot. Then Paul got the chance to be Headquarters RTO and I got rid of the heavy thing. We would chat in passing many times, usually about how different this was from Fort Jackson and Polk which we had thought were tough times only to wish to be back there now! Paul's death tore at my heart, and as I look back some 36 years later I wonder at the impact these brave men on this wall could have had on our country (the country they died for) only if, only if, if only....

From a fellow warrior,
Carl R. Eckelberry

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Four men from A Company, 1/35th Infantry, were killed in a "friendly fire" incident on 11 June 1968 when a mortar round fell short of its target. They were
  • 1LT Robert S. Grosshart, Kansas City, MO
  • SSG Charles J. Chase, San Mateo, CA
  • SP4 Paul R. Harrison, Medway, OH
  • PFC Gerard T. Wolterman, Salt Lake City, UT
Spec 4 Paul R Harrison, 22, of Medway, has been reported killed in action in Vietnam on Tuesday, June 11. Death was the result of wounds received when he reportedly was struck by U.S. mortar fire that fell short of its target. He was being evacuated, by helicopter, to a field hospital and died in-route.

Specialist Harrison was serving as a radio-telephone operator with the Fourth Infantry Division at the time of his death.

He entered the Army in June, 1967, and completed his basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. Harrison was stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, before going to Vietnam.

He was a 1964 graduate of Tecumseh High School and attended Michigan Technological University. He was employed by Western Electric Co., Dayton, prior to entering the service.

Harrison was a member of the Medway Methodist Church and was past Master Counselor in the Order of DeMolay.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Martha E Harrison and wife, Carol, both of Medway, and his maternal grandmother. Mrs. Sarah Eliza Bird of Springfield. His father, Orville, preceded him in death.

His wife, the former Carol Luginbuhl, is an eighth grade teacher at Olive Branch School. She was making preparations to join Paul in Hawaii for his R&R, which he was eligible for after having completed one-half of his tour of duty.

Paul is buried in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. Block "O", Section 287. Grave #3. Glen Haven is located on old Route U.S. 40-National Road, which is approximately two miles west of Donnelsville, OH, which is approximately six miles west of Springfield, OH.

Remembered by his fellow soldiers of the
35th Infantry - the Cacti Regiment

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
one who remembers,
Mrs. Dodds 
18 May 1999

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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