A Tribute To My Dad
GLENN JOHN HARRIS
June 1, 1910 - May 6, 1965
U.S. Army Ordinance
We go through life walking along our own path and when we finally get to our destination we look back along the road and realize that there were a lot of people we met, lived with, or just passed by and we often wish that maybe we had stopped and talked for awhile. Sometimes we see these people again further along and sometimes they are gone. This was the case with my dad. He passed away when I was in my early 20's and I never got to know him as one man gets to know another he loves very much. I never got to tell him how proud I was to be his son, how proud I was of him and what he did with his life. So I made up this little web page to tell the world these things. It's not much, for after all I never got to ask the questions I would like to ask now, but it reflects my love for him and it is my shout to the world " See---this is my father ! "Glenn Harris was born in Sioux Falls South Dakota but moved from there, via various intermediate stops, to Coral Gables Florida where his father worked. His father was heavily involved in the construction of Coral Gables Florida and in 1926 Glenn joined the military ranks of Staunton Military Academy in Staunton Virginia. Glenn was promoted to Corporal in his sophomore year, Sergeant in his junior year and Lieutenant in his senior year. His senior class yearbook describes Glenn "Bunky" "Pops" Harris as Rat Private Co. "D" 1926-1927; Corporal Co. "D" 1927-1928; Sergeant Co. 'D" 1928-1929; Lieutenant Co. "D" 1929-1930; Swimming Team 1926-1927; Fencing Tournament 1926-1927; wrestling Team 1927-1927; Motion Picture Committee 1927-1930; Annex Dirty Dozen 1928-1929; Chairman Motion Picture Committee 1929-1930; Camp Mean Honor Student 1928-1929. Just what bearing the exit of "Bunkey" had upon the climatic and economic conditions that brought about Florida's disastrous tumble of recent years, we are unprepared to say. It is, however, quite understandable how, in the absence of such a silver tongued orator, the people would lose faith in the situation and, then too, a sudden cooling of the atmosphere would undoubtedly bring about extreme conditions. The reason for our not going further into the matter is due to the fact that one afternoon we asked " Little Napoleon" to tell us of the hearts he had broken, and we never did get to bed that night. ( Being very young, we must have our sleep. ) If we have given the impression that Harris is other than a conscientious and likeable fellow, it was unintended, for he has a deservedly excellent record ( outside of leaving communion with T. G. Downstairs ), being second in command of " D " company and a hard worker in the projection room. His photo collection has done much to assist in the propagation of the idea that all of the bathing girls of his native Florida are beautiful. Glenn graduated and from Staunton Military Academy in June 1930 as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves and then from Alexander Hamilton Institute. From 1931 to 1941 he held positions as a salesman for Remington Rand in New York ( 1931), Assistant Collection Manager for J.E. Strause in New York (1932-1934), as a salesman for Socony Vacuum Company in New York (1934-1935) Glenn, taking advantage of his commission in the U.S. Army reserves, became a company officer and construction officer in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in California during the period 1935 through 1937. Subsequent to that he moved to New York as an Industrial Engineer for George May Company in New York during 1937 to 1939, where he married Mary Catherine Van Buren on July 2 1938. He then went to work as an Industrial Engineer for Superior Metal Products Company in Minneapolis in (1939-1941). Glenn was in Minneapolis when the WW II broke out and he felt it was important to serve and to help the war effort with the training he had. He left Minneapolis to go on active duty with the US ARMY on February 3, 1942.
His Military record is as follows:
1935 - 1937 2ND Lt. In the Army Reserves
Captain Harris in WWII was stationed primarily in the Assam India area of operations and at times was in the villages of Chabua, Panitola and Makum and was responsible for the command and control of various types of munitions.
His first Bronze Star was awarded for actions on December 30 1943 and a second accident on January 2 1944 when he organized two rescue parties for these plane crashes in Burma. These actions resulted in the saving of nineteen lives.
As Commanding Officer of the 610 th ordinance ammunition company in the China/Burma/India campaign in 1944and 1945 he was responsible for invention, design and production of colored flares needed by Merrill's Maurauders in the Burma Jungles. These flares were used for spotting enemy soldiers infiltrating through American lines and his action had a direct impact on the conclusion of the Burma Campaign. For these actions he received his second Bronze Star.
In addition he was was authorized to wear the following medals and service ribbons.
The above photo was taken in Assam India. The sign reads
610 Ordinance Co.
Photograph courtesy of Paul Sonstein, the 610"th sign painter and Surveyor
The men in the photo are Fritz Brandt (L) and Joe Fesi (R) with Lefty Lapides in the background.
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Last Update November 19 2005