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First Name: David

Last Name: Harris

Birthplace: Palo Pinto, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Palo Pinto, TX
Middle Name: C.

Date of Birth: 08 July 1893

Date of Death: 08 July 1984

Rank: Private

Years Served: 1918-1919
David Cook Harris, Jr.

•  World War I (1914 - 1918)


David Cook Harris, Jr.

Private, U. S. Army

Distinguished Service Cross

War Department, General Orders No. 22 (1929)
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private David C. Harris, Jr. (ASN: 3511140), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company D, 56th Infantry Regiment, 7th Division, A.E.F., in the Puvenelle sector, France, 13 October 1918.
Private Harris was dispatched with an important message to battalion headquarters after three runners had failed to penetrate the severe enemy barrage. With an utter disregard for his own personal safety Private Harris succeeded in passing through the heavy enemy artillery fire and delivered the message.
After returning to his company Private Harris found that one of the officers of his company had been wounded and made another trip to battalion headquarters to secure first aid. While making this trip he assisted another wounded officer in the first-aid station, making in all three trips over this extremely dangerous area. During the performance of this act of gallantry Private Harris was severely gassed.
Private Harris' extraordinary courage and devotion to duty and his successful deliver of the message were of great importance to his company, and resulted in the saving of many lives.

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Texas WWI Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 316010   Created by: drjones46




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