Harris, Joseph Randal


Rank: Sergeant

Unit: E Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Selected Service

Date of birth: 4-Jan-1948

Hometown: Versailles, Kentucky

Marital status: Married to Mary H. Harris, one daughter

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 12-Nov-1968

Start of tour: 3-Nov-1969

Incident date: 24-Nov-1969

Date of casualty: 24-Nov-1969

Age at death: 21

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Artillery/Mortar/Rocket. Artillery, rocket, or mortar.
Joseph Randal Harris was killed while on a combat operation when a supporting mortar round directed at a hostile force landed in the area. / On reconnaissance patrol.  Hit by fragments from friendly mortar fire directed at hostile force.

Two Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
PFC Roger Lee Byus
SGT Joseph Randal Harris

Location of fatality: Binh Long, South Vietnam, XU 830 134

Place of interment: Steele Cemetery, Versailles, Kentucky, USA

View this soldier‘s Find a Grave page (opens in a new window)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 16W 117 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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