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BG Richard Holmes Harrison

Richard Holmes Harrison was born 29 November 1907 in Seattle Washington. He died 14 December 1996 in Lynchburg, Virginia.  He graduated from the US Military Academy, West Point in the Class of 1931 accepting his commission as a Second Lieutenant with his first posting to Fort Lewis, Washington.


  • - Field Artillery Officer, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Lewis, WA – 1931-1936
  • - Aide-de-camp to Commanding General, Third Field Artillery Brigade, Fort Lewis, WA – 1936
  • - Aide to Commandant, Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, KS – 1936-1939
  • - Regular Course, Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, OK – 1940
  • - Cadre, 85th Infantry Division Artillery, Camp Shelby, MS - 1941
  • - G-4, 84th Infantry Division, Camp Howze, TX – 1942-1943 (Commendation Ribbon)
  • - Army Ground Forces Headquarters, Washington, DC – 1943
  • - XO, 89th Division Artillery, (combat in France-Luxembourg-Germany) – 1944-1945 (Bronze Star Medal)
  • - XO, V Corps Artillery, Germany-USA - 1945
  • - Command and General Staff School (Second Class), Fort Leavenworth, KS – 1946
  • - Army Instructor, Naval Amphibious Training Center, Coronado, CA – 1946-1948
  • - G-1 Section, GHQ Far East Command, Tokyo, Japan – 1948-1950
  • - G-1, X Corps, Korean War (Inchon Landing-Chosin Reservoir-Evacuation from Hungnam-operations in the south after the Chinese entered war) - 1950-1951 (Legion of Merit, Air Medal)
  • - Army War College (First Class), Carlisle Barracks, PA – 1951-1952
  • - XO, Office of the Inspector General, Headquarters, Department of the Army, The Pentagon – 1952-1954
  • - Commander, 41st Field Artillery Group, Fort Sill, OK – 1954-1955
  • - Promoted to Brigadier General - 1955
  • - Commanding General, 11th Airborne Division Artillery, Fort Campbell, KY - 1955-1956
  • - 11th Airborne Division Airborne School & Jumpmaster & Advanced Airborne Courses – 1955
  • - The Ancient Order of Saint Barbara – 1955
  • - 11th Airborne Division deployed from Fort Campbell, KY to Augsburg, Germany (Gyroscope Operation) – 1956
  • - Chief, Army Section, Joint US Military Advisory Group (JUSMAG), Athens, Greece - 1956-1958
  • - Deputy Chief/Special Assistant, (Army) Armed Forces Special Weapons Project, Headquarters, Department of the Army, The Pentagon – 1959-1961 (Legion of Merit)
  • - Retired, Brigadier General – 1961
  • - Executive Vice President, Babcock & Wilcox Company, Atomic Energy Division, Lynchburg, VA - 1961-1973


Legion of Merit

GENERAL ORDERS: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 23 (July 19, 1961)


The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, 20 July 1942, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Legion of Merit to Brigadier General Richard H. Harrison, United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States from October 1950 to June 1961.

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