2007-08-30 / Obituaries

George W. Harrison, Jr.

GEORGE W. HARRISON, JR. GEORGE W. HARRISON, JR. George W. Harrison, Jr., M/SGT, US Army (Ret.) World Record Holder, World War II, Korean and Vietnam veteran, entered into rest Sunday, August 19, 2007, unexpectedly and peacefully at his home in Lincolnton, after years of extensive treatment and rehabilitation at Eisenhower and VA Hospitals.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 23 from Elliott Sons Funeral Home. Interment with military honors was held at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Mr. Harrison comes from a proud military family. He was born February 8, 1927 at Fort Totten, Queens, N.Y. He was the son of Maryann (Joyce) Harrison and George W. Harrison, Sr., Msgt. (Ret.) U.S. Army.

He grew up in Watertown, Massachusetts and attended Watertown High School. He joined the U.S. Navy in February, 1944 and served in the Pacific on the Battleship USS Missouri on which the Japanese surrender was signed with General Douglas MacArthur in August 1945. He later went on to serve twenty additional years in the U.S. Army, serving at Carlisle Barracks, PA, then going to Vienna, Austria, then the Panama Infantry Division where he set a world record for swimming the Panama Canal while stationed at Fort Cobbe. He trained and planned to swim the English Channel and climb the Matterhorn but then went to Ft. Bragg, N.C. and joined the 82nd Airborne Division and went to Germany, Korea, and then went to Special Forces and Vietnam and numerous other military accomplishments.

He was an excellent athlete and fought as a member of the Missouri Boxing Team and was an outstanding fighter. He was an excellent long distance swimmer and that was how he swam the Panama Canal in world record time. He enjoyed long distance running and had always aspired to run the Boston Marathon. He retired in Lincolnton.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Vincent Joseph Harrison, CWO-4 U.S.M.C. (Ret.)

Survivors include his wife, Janie W. Harrison; one son, (Rocky) George W. Harrison, III; one grandson, Devan William Harrison; a brother, Francis Xavier Harrison, Lt. Col. Retired, U.S. Army and wife, Dorothy of Chelmsford, MA; and many cousins, nieces and nephews in the greater Boston area.

Pallbearers were Devan Harrison, James Aldridge, Ryan Williamson, Devan Williamson, Cory Hatcher, and Jay Gray.

Elliott Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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