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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: January 19, 1917
Date of death: July 22, 1943
Age: 26

Lucky Bag

1939 Harmon LB.jpg

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:



Joe, Face, Combullron

JOE started his career by taking Law at the University of Michigan. This inspiration, however, did not come entirely to naught, for when he obtained his appointment, he brought his inclination toward liberal arts to the Academy and soon talked himself into the Quarterdeck Society, an enviable class standing, and the position of Combullron. Of the many privileges of this latter position, he especially appreciates getting some of that good sleep. And with his "Navy line" it is inevitable that as extra-curricular activity he should specialize in snaking, although several brickings and squelchings have almost placed him back into the ranks of the misogynists. Because of his sound judgment in practical matters and his loquacity, he will probably find a desk in the Judge Advocate General's Office.

Quarterdeck Society 4, 3, 2, 1; Interbattalion Debate Championship 3; Glee Club 4, 3, 2, 1; Boat Club 4, 3; Trident; 2 Stripes.


His headstone is marked:

Joseph Frederic Harmon Lieutenant U.S. Navy Jan 19, 1917 July 22, 1943

Graduate U. S. Naval Academy Annapolis, Maryland 1939

Aboard U.S.S. John D. Ford At Manila, Dec. 7, 1941

Naval Actions with Asiatic Fleet in the Southwest Pacific Battle of Macasscar Straits First Major Engagement of U.S. Navy in World War II

Graduate Naval Air Training Pensacola, Florida 1943

Killed in Plane Crash In Line of Duty, Jacksonville, Florida

Unable to find any other records or details.

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