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Terrence C. Harris

506th Parachute Infantry Regt, 101st Airborne Division

Private First Class, U.S. Army

Entered the Service from:

California

Died:

6/18/1944

Grave Location:

Plot B, Row 22, Grave 16

SSgt. Terrence C. ‘Salty’ Harris joined the “E” ‘Easy’ Company, 2nd Battalion, 506thParachute Infantry Regiment of the 101stAirborne Division after leaving the Navy because there wasn’t enough action ¾ the reason for his nickname ‘Salty.’ Harris trained with Easy Company to parachute from C-47 transport aircraft over hostile territory.

Camp Toccoa, Georgia circa 1943 where Easy Company received their training.

During training, Harris moved up in the ranks from private to staff sergeant. However, prior to the landings at Normandy, Harris, along with another non-commissioned officer (NCO), started a mutiny against Easy Company’s commander Capt. Herbert Sobel. Known for his strict training practices, Sobel was disliked by many of his men, although later reports acknowledge that Sobel’s rigorous methods played a critical role in the company’s later successes. Harris and his fellow NCO threatened to resign their posts if Sobel was not removed. In response to their mutiny, Col. Robert Sink, 506 Parachute Infantry Regimental Commander, had them both arrested, demoted to privates, and Harris was transferred to ‘A’ Company of the 1st Battalion. He later volunteered to join the pathfinders of the 101st Airborne Division and fought in the Battle of Carentan, where he was killed by a sniper on June 18, 1944. Harris was awarded the Bronze Star.

Easy Company, 2nd Battalion at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on September 1943. Pfc. Terrance C. Harris is the tenth man from the left in the first row.
Terrrence C. "Salty" Harris is pictured with his fellow company members second from the left.

Awards: Bronze Star, Purple Heart

Terrence C. Harris is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot B, Row 22, Grave 16.