“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Anderson in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Hugh Pate Harris

General, U.S. Army

Hugh Pate Harris Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 19, 2013
1. Hugh Pate Harris Marker
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Approximately one-half mile north of this location is the birthplace of Hugh Pate Harris. He was born there on June 15, 1909. At a young age, Hugh and his family moved to Lawrence County, Tennessee. After graduating from Columbia Military Academy (Columbia, Tennessee) he entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Harris graduated in 1931, receiving his commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry.

Early in his career, Harris was involved in the development of airborne units and doctrine. He also assisted the Canadian Army's airborne efforts. In 1943, during WWII, he was Chief of Staff of the 13th Airborne Division and in 1951, he was Chief of Staff of the XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, NC. In 1953, during the Korean War, Harris served as Regimental Commander in the 40th Infantry Division and then became Deputy Chief of Staff, 8th U.S. Army in Korea. His top commands included: Berlin Command, 1955; 11th Airborne Division, 1956; Army Infantry Center and Commandant of the Infantry School, Ft. Benning, GA, 1960; I Corps (Group) Korea, 1961; 7th U.S. Army, Europe, 1962; and Commanding General, U.S. Continental Army Command.
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On March 1, 1964, Hugh P. Harris was promoted
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By Lee Hattabaugh, October 19, 2013
2. Hugh Pate Harris Marker
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to Four Star General by President John F. Kennedy. From 1866 to 2012, there were only 218 Four Star Generals in the U.S. Army. General Harris was the 66th officer to be promoted to this rank. Among the officers who held this distinction are Douglas MacArthur, Omar Bradley, George S. Patton, Matthew Ridgeway, and Bruce C. Clark. His highest decorations included: the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, and three Legion of Merit Awards.

General Harris retired in 1965 after a remarkable 34-year career. He became president of The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina, a position he held from 1965 to 1970. He followed Four Star General Mark W. Clark, of WWII Fame, who was president from 1954 to 1965. After retiring from The Citadel in 1970, he lived in Bonneau, SC, until his death on November 3, 1979. General Harris was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. It has been reported that, on at least on occasion after retirement from the Army, General Harris returned to Anderson to visit his birthplace.
Anderson Salutes Its Most Distinguished Native.

Erected by East Lauderdale Historical Society.
Location. 34° 55.337′ N, 87° 16.186′ W. Marker is in Anderson, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is on Alabama
Hugh Pate Harris Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 19, 2013
3. Hugh Pate Harris Marker
Route 207 at milepost 7 south of Hammond Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located adjacent to the Anderson City Park near the Dollar General at the given address. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7051 Highway 207, Anderson AL 35610, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grassy Memorial Chapel and Cemetery (approx. 3.8 miles away); Lauderdale County High School 1912 (approx. 6.7 miles away); Rogersville Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (approx. 6.8 miles away); Heritage Park (approx. 6.8 miles away); Samuel Burney: 1763-1849 Revolutionary War Veteran / Burneys Creek/First Creek Wheeler Lake (approx. 6.8 miles away); Sugar Creek Engagement (approx. 7.3 miles away in Tennessee); Confederate Retreat at Sugar Creek (approx. 7.8 miles away in Tennessee but has been reported missing); Sim Corder/Harrison Mill (approx. 7.9 miles away).
Categories. Military
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 439 times since then and 108 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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