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Charles Abbott Harker, Jr.

 
 
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By Don Morfe, May 3, 2016
1. Charles Abbott Harker, Jr. Marker
Inscription.  First Lieutenant, USAF F-84 Pilot, 311th Fighter Bomber Sq., 56th Fighter-Bomber Gp.

B. September 1, 1930, Bayonne, NJ, M.I.A. May 4, 1953 over North Korea, Graduate, Cranford High School 1948.

In 1993, forty years after the Korean War, the United States government presented evidence to the Russian government that hundreds of American prisoners were secretly transported to the Soviet Union and never heard from again. Charles Harker is listed among those likely to have been retained by the Soviets. “I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings and touched the face of God.” J. Magee.

Dedicated in honor and remembrance of Lt. Harker and all the M.I.A.’s by his classmates, Cranford High School class of 1948…April 30, 1994.
 
Erected 1994 by Cranford High School class of 1948.
 
Location. 40° 39.682′ N, 74° 18.476′ W. Marker is in Cranford, New Jersey, in Union County. Marker is on Springfield Avenue. Touch for map. This memorial is located in Memorial Park.

Charles Abbott Harker, Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 3, 2016
2. Charles Abbott Harker, Jr. Marker
Marker is at or near this postal address: 350 Springfield Avenue, Cranford NJ 07016, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Roll of Honor (a few steps from this marker); Site of Crane’s Ford (a few steps from this marker); Lest We Forget (within shouting distance of this marker); Purple Heart Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Crane’s Mills (approx. 0.3 miles away); Crane Farm and Village Home Site (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kenilworth Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); Kenilworth 9/11 Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cranford.
 
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