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In Memory of Army Sgt.

James Craig Harmon

Chelsea, South Dakota, Faulk County

 October 6, 1948 - August 10, 1969

Died non-combat at Cu-Chi, Binh Duong Province, South Vietnam


James Craig Harmon was the third of four children born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, on October 6, 1948, to Lloyd Harry and Thelda Elenora (Date) Harmon. He had two brothers, Dennis and Larry, and one sister, Marilyn. James grew up in Chelsea and graduated from Cresbard High School, where he participated in football and basketball, and was voted Homecoming King during his senior year. James attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota for one year. On April 6, 1968 he was married to Marie Johnson. He liked movies and fast cars, and owned an Olds 4-4-2

James C. Harmon enlisted in the Army on January 22, 1968 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and was first stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, with additional training at Fort Wolters, Texas. He was sent overseas February 21, 1969, attached to Company B, 15th TC Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, stationed in Cu-Chi, South Vietnam

Sgt. James Craig Harmon was accidentally shot by a U.S. soldier on August 10, 1969. Sgt. Harmon was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, a Sharp Shooter Badge, and a Campaign Ribbon. Sgt. James C. Harmon is buried in the Cresbard cemetery in Cresbard, South Dakota. His name can be found on the Panel 20W, Line 123 of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall, in Washington, DC.

 Michaela Marie O’Daniel, 7th grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, March 1, 2005, respectfully submitted this entry.  Information for this entry was provided by Mrs. Thelda Harmon, Chelsea, South Dakota, mother of Sgt. James Craig Harmon, and Marie Brewer, widow of Sgt. James Harmon.


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