Sgt. William H. Harrison
American Legion, Post 190
Portsmouth, VA 23704



*Post Meeting is the second Monday of the month at 7:30 pm. We are located at 2711 Peach St, Portsmouth, VA 23704.
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Preamble to the Constitution of The American  Legion

 "For God and Country we associate ourselves together for the following purposes:
To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America;
To maintain law and order; To foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism;
To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in all wars;
To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation;
To combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses;
To make right the master of might; To promote peace and good will on earth;
To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of Justice, Freedom and Democracy;
To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.


                               STAFF SGT. WILLIAM H. HARRISON

Staff Sgt William H. Harrison was born March 15, 1915 and died December 28, 1944. He was buried at Hampton National Cemetery. His gravestone is on the Phoebus side of the cemetery section G site 196K  at Marshall Avenue  Hampton, VA 23669

Staff Sgt. William H. 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 Staff 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 Staff Sgt. Harrison, with a grim smile, I guess this is it was on December 28,1944, that Staff Sgt. Harrison met his death in the service of this country.