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William Allen Harris

Date of death: March 4, 1986
Home of record: Cedartown Georgia

William Harris graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1933. He retired as a U.S. Army Major General.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America, under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lieutenant Colonel (Field Artillery) William Allen Harris (ASN: 0-18976), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as Commanding Officer of the 7th Cavalry Regiment (Task Force 777), 1st Cavalry Division. Lieutenant Colonel Harris distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against enemy aggressor forces in the vicinity of Hambung-ni, Korea, on the night of 26 - 27 September 1950. Task Force 777, a regimental combat team, was proceeding on a combat mission when it was ambushed by a hostile force of ten tanks, supported by infantry. The tanks moved directly into the friendly column, firing rapidly, smashing vehicles and equipment and disorganizing the friendly troops. Colonel Harris, realizing the perilous situation of his unit, immediately went toward the head of the column, completely disregarding the intense enemy fire. He quickly evaluated the situation, then personally reorganized his men and led them in a counterattack. Inspired by the dauntless actions of their commander, the men overwhelmed the enemy force, knocked out the ten tanks, destroyed five artillery pieces, and captured twelve enemy trucks. The extraordinary heroism and fearless leadership of Colonel Harris were directly responsible for the annihilation of the enemy force.

General Orders: Headquarters, Eighth U.S. Army, Korea: General Orders No. 512, (July 5, 1951)

Action Date: September 26 - 27, 1950

Service: Army

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Company: Commanding Officer

Regiment: 7th Cavalry Regiment (Task Force 777)

Division: 1st Cavalry Division

Army Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Cold War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Major General William Allen Harris (ASN: 0-18976), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility, during the period from March 1957 to September 1966.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 42 (October 4, 1966)

Action Date: March 1957 - September 1966

Service: Army

Rank: Major General

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Korean War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Colonel (Field Artillery) William Allen Harris (ASN: 0-18976), United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division in Korea.

General Orders: Headquarters, 1st Cavalry Division, General Orders No. 70 (1950)

Action Date: Korean War

Service: Army

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Company: Commanding Officer

Regiment: 7th Cavalry Regiment

Division: 1st Cavalry Division

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Colonel (Field Artillery) William Allen Harris (ASN: 0-18976), United States Army, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States with the G-3 Section, Headquarters, TWELFTH Army Group, from 1943 to 1945.

Action Date: 1943 - 1945

Service: Army

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Company: G-3 Section

Division: XII Army Group

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Korean War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Colonel (Field Artillery) William Allen Harris (ASN: 0-18976), United States Army, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commanding Officer, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, from 1950 to 1951.

Action Date: 1950 - 1951

Service: Army

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Company: Commanding Officer

Regiment: 7th Cavalry Regiment

Division: 1st Cavalry Division