Sgt. Harrison, a Portsmouth native, was killed in action while serving as a Machine Gun Sergeant with the 366th Infantry Regiment in Italy during World War II. He was cut down by German machine gun fire in a fierce battle, while his regiment was serving as an attached unit of the 92nd Buffalo Infantry Division at Leghorn, in the vicinity of the Serchio River Valley.
The last Portsmouth native to see Sgt. Harrison alive was the late John Q. Jordan, managing editor of the Norfolk Journal and Guide, then a war correspondent covering the battle in Italy. On Thanksgiving Day 1944, Jordan visited the 366th Infantry Regiment. This was around the time that the outfit was alerted for battle and issued new supplies and weapons. After silently appraising the situation according to Jordan, “well” said Sgt. Harrison, with a grim smile, “I guess this is it…..
It was on December 28, 1944, that Sgt. Harrison met his death in the service of this country.
Preamble to the Constitution of The American Legion