Friday, October 14, 2016

SSG Erskin Parnell Harris

SSG Erskine Parnell Harris was born in 1924 in Belleville, Arkansas to Erskine and Mary Verda (Marberry) Harris. The family farmed.

When drafted in September 1943, Erskine was working as a farmer.  After the initial training every new soldier received, Erskine was sent to Europe.  On 22 Jun 1944 PVT Harris was transferred from the replacement depot to C Company 116th Infantry.  His record on the morning report is a bit confused but it appears that Erskine was wounded on 6 Jul 1944 and evacuated to hospital.  He was promoted to SGT on 25 Jul 1944 but, still being in the hospital, was dropped from the rolls on 31 Jul 1944.  Wherever he was, Erskine was again promoted, this time to SSG, on 18 Aug 1944.  He may have been wounded again because he returned to the unit from the hospital on 23 Sep 1944.  SSG Harris was killed in action on 14 Oct 1944.

SSG Harris is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery.

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