ANDREW E. HARRIS, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Andrew Harris '25

Date of birth: December 26, 1900

Date of death: September 2, 1942

Age: 41

Lucky Bag

From the 1925 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Andrew was lost in a Japanese Prisoner of War camp near Cebu, Philippines, on September 2, 1942.

He is buried in Kentucky; he was survived by his wife.

Andrew was commanding officer of USS Wake (PR 3), a gunboat in China, until November 28, 1941, when the ship was effectively abandoned in Shanghai because it was judged insufficiently seaworthy to cross the straits of Formosa. He and most of his crew sailed to Manila with the remaining gunboats. Unable to find any record of his activities until his capture.

Unable to find a citation for his Prisoner of War medal. Unable to find any listing on the American Battle Monuments Commission site.

Family

He was survived by his brother, Lieutenant General Field Harris, USMC, who was Chief of Staff, Aircraft at Guadalcanal. Field's son — Andrew's nephew — William Harris '39 was killed in action in Korea. William was also captured by the Japanese.


Class of 1925

Andrew is one of 29 members of the Class of 1925 in Memorial Hall.