Welcome home, Private Harris
Private First Class Cecil E. Harris has finally come home. Last November 10, we published a blog for Veterans Day telling the story of a long lost World War II GI, missing in action since January 2, 1945, whose remains had been found on a hillside above the tiny town of Dambach, in the northern Vosges mountains. We could not tell you his name, because he had not yet been positively identified by the U.S. Department of Defense, nor had his surviving family members been notified. But shortly before Memorial Day, both his wife, Helene, and son, William were told he had been found. According to his granddaughter, Christie, plans are being made to bury him with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery sometime in the coming weeks.
Once again, we’d like to thank all the local officials and others who located PFC Harris and helped to facilitate his return home.
Evan G. Reade
Acting Permanent Observer to the Council of Europe