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Calvin B Harrison

San Antonio, Texas

September 29, 2010

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
31 Army SFC

2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) 

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

 Killed in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.

Photo by Michael Paulsen / Chronicle Photo by Michael Paulsen / Chronicle

From Congressman Ted Poe (Texas)

Tribute to Sergeant First Class Calvin B. Harrison

Washington, Oct 8 2010

It is my honor to come before you today and celebrate a true American hero.

Green Berets are a special type of soldier. You have to be the best of the best: smart, tough, and an almost supernatural strength of will. Their qualification and training process is the toughest in the business: not just anyone can be a Green Beret. Everything is tested, from your language ability to physical fitness to your most basic but most difficult task: survival. They push you to your max and when you are just about to break, they push you harder. The training is so hard because they know what you are going to face: impossible, top-secret missions that must be done. But when you get through it all you have a physical and mental toughness that can survive even the most extreme conditions. You are not just a soldier- you are a true warrior.

That’s what Sergeant First Class Calvin B. Harrison was- a true warrior. Harrison’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, Army Good Conduct Medal (third award), National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral three, Army Service Ribbon, Special Forces Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge and Parachutist Badge.

Born in the small town of Coldspring, TX, on March 11, 1979, Calvin had a big heart from a young age. He was always looking out for other people, trying to do what was right to the best of his ability. The son of Jack Washington and Betty Harrison, he was the 4th of 6 kids. His siblings are Demetric, Diane, Debra, Stephanie, and Zacchaeus.

He was also a relentlessly hard-worker. When he was a child, he helped his grandfather do yard work around town. His grandfather even taught him to drive. He was close to his family and loved them very much.

One day, when Calvin was working at Country Groceries, a customer walked in, looked him right in the eye and said ‘You’re never gonna be nothin.’ Calvin would remember that moment the rest of his life, even recalling to his dad the last time he was home.

When he was in high school, Calvin turned his work ethic toward sports. He was an all-around athlete, playing basketball, football, and tennis.

When he graduated in 1998, he followed in his grandfather’s footsteps and signed up for the Army. “He loved being a soldier,” said his father Jack Washington. He was a true patriot who wanted to serve his country.

In 2007, Sgt. Harrison became a Green Beret. His 7th Special Forces Group was very close. They had all gone through the same rigorous training and knew that when their lives depended on it, they could trust each other.

Each team member had a role. For Sgt. Harrison, this was Medical Sergeant. Special Forces Medical Sergeants are considered to be the finest first-response medical technicians in the world. When his fellow soldier went down, it was Sgt. Harrison that jumped to his rescue. His comrades knew at a very practical level: their lives were in his hands.

The Green Beret motto is “De oppresso liber” which means “to liberate the oppressed.” That is exactly what Sgt. Harrison was doing as a part of the Company A, 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Afghanistan. Sgt. Harrison couldn’t talk too much about his job- it was top secret- but he didn’t mind. He wasn’t one to talk about himself too much. He just did it. “It wasn’t special to him. He just did the best he could with everything he tried,” said his father.

It was his second tour, having already served in Iraq. His mission was to defeat the terrorists trying to destroy our country. It was a mission that was not only bringing freedom to the Afghans but preserved the freedom we know right here at home. And it was a mission that Sgt. Harrison would give his life for. He was killed by small arms fire on September 29 in Uruzgan province in Afghanistan.

He died “what he loved doing,” said his father. “I'm very proud of him, and I told him that all the time. I told him that all the time.”

My condolences go out to Sgt. Harrison’s two precious daughters, Azalia (9) and Eleanna (7). Like your grandfather, you have every right to be proud of your dad and you know he cared for you very much.

David Lloyd George, a former British Prime Minister, once said, “The stern hand of fate has scourged us to an elevation where we can see the great everlasting things that matter for a nation; the great peaks of honor we had forgotten - duty and patriotism, clad in glittering white; the great pinnacle of sacrifice pointing like a rugged finger to heaven.” Sgt. Harrison climbed up both of those peaks- honor and duty- and now we can look up to heaven with gratitude and thanks for his eternal reminder that freedom is not free. Texas is proud to have called him a soldier, a son, and a hero. 

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Oct. 1, 2010) — An Army Special Forces Soldier was killed Sept. 29, while conducting combat operations in the Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Calvin B Harrison, 31, died of wounds sustained from enemy fire during a combat reconnaissance patrol. He was a Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha senior team medical sergeant assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), here.

Harrison, a native of Cleveland, Texas, is survived by his mother by two daughters, Azalia, Eleanna, and his parents, Jack Washington and Betty Harrison of Cleveland. 
From professionalsoldiers.com 10/01/2010: 

SFC Calvin B. Harrison
Two days ago--our SOTF lost a Medic that was killed in action bringing freedom to Western Uruzgan

Sgt. 1st Class Calvin B. Harrison, 31, was killed Sept. 28, during a combat operation in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan. He was a Special Forces medical sergeant assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Harrison was born March 11, 1979, in Cleveland, Texas. He graduated from Jones High School in Coldspring, Texas, and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1998 as a psychological operations specialist. He served with the 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C., as a psychological operations specialist. In 2007, Harrison completed the Special Forces Qualification Course and earned the coveted "Green Beret" as a Special Forces medical sergeant, 18D. He was then assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), also at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Harrison’s military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Special Forces Qualification Course and Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Course. Harrison’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, Army Good Conduct Medal (third award), National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral three, Army Service Ribbon, Special Forces Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge and Parachutist Badge.

He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal (second award), the Purple Heart and the Meritorious Service Medal. Harrison is survived by two daughters, Azalia, Eleanna, and his parents, Jack Washington and Betty Harrison of Cleveland, Texas.

God bless him, his family, his wife and his daughters

From Fayetteville Observer fayobserver.com 10/02/10:

Published: 05:51 AM, Sat Oct 02, 2010
Special Forces soldier from Fort Bragg killed in Afghanistan
A Fort Bragg soldier has been killed in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said Friday.

Sgt. 1st Class Calvin B. Harrison, 31, of San Antonio, died Wednesday in Uruzgan province of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire, the Pentagon said. He was killed by enemy fire during a combat reconnaissance patrol, according to the Army's Special Operations Command.

Harrison was a Special Forces medical sergeant assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg.

A native of Cleveland, Texas, Harrison is survived by his two daughters, Azalia and Eleanna, and his parents, Jack Washington and Betty Harrison.

According to the Special Operations Command, Harrison graduated from Jones High School in Coldspring, Texas, and enlisted in the Army in 1998 as a psychological operations specialist. His first assignment was with the 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg.

In 2007, Harrison completed the Special Forces qualification course and earned the Green Beret as a Special Forces medical sergeant. He was then stationed with the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement medals, Army Good Conduct Medal (third award), National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral three, Army Service Ribbon, Special Forces tab, Combat Infantryman Badge and Parachutist Badge.

He was posthumously awarded his second Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Meritorious Service Medal.

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