In Memory

Ken Harrison


Jimmy Ken Harrison
Specialist Five
  Home of Record:  Wichita, KS
  Date of birth:   12/31/1948

  Service:         Army of the United States
  Grade at loss:   E5
  Rank:            Specialist Five
  ID No:           509527903
  MOS:             67N20: UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
  Length Service:  01
  Unit:            116TH AHC, 269TH AVN BN, 12TH AVN GROUP, 1ST AVIATION BDE, USARV

  Start Tour:      10/05/1968
  Incident Date:   11/01/1969
  Casualty Date:   11/01/1969
  Age at Loss:     20
  Location:        Tay Ninh Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Helicopter - Crew
  Casualty Detail: Air loss or crash over land


ON THE WALL        Panel 16W Line 013

Viet Victim Jimmie Harrison Services Are Pending Here
Services were pending Saturday for Spec. 5 Jimmie Ken Harrison, 20, of 2439 Victoria, who was killed in action Nov. 1 in Vietnam. He formerly had been reported missing in action.
Born at Winfield, Kan., he came to Wichita in 1952 from Moline, Kan. He was graduated fom West High School in 1966. He entered the Army in July 1968 and had been in Vietname since January 1969. He was a helicopter crew chief and a member of the 116th Assault Helicopter Company.
Survivors include his widow, Patricia Jo; his parents, Dorace D. Harrison and Mrs. Anita Hammitt, both of Wichita; a brother, George L., Houston, Tex.; four sisters, Mrs. Betty Lou Conner, Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. Genny Vickery, Santa Fe, N.M., and Mrs. Janet K. Landon and Mrs. Myrna Kay Clayton, both of Wichita, and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lester F. Winn, Howard, Kan.
A memorial, established with St. Francis Boys Home, Salina, Kan., is being handled by St. James Episcopal Church here.
Cochran Mortuary has charge.
November 16, 1969 - The Wichita Eagle

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03/22/11 06:51 PM #1    

Sue Wenke (Kennett)


Dear Ken,

You were one of my really good friends since junior high. You were with my best friend, Kim, and it always felt so right for us to be together with the rest of the group. I can still close my eyes and be at your memorial service at the church on East Douglas. I just couldn't believe that you were killed the day before you were to return from Vietnam. You were such a fun loving and giving person, it's not fair that your life was cut so short. You should have had a family and children that you would love. I can see you being a really good dad. But, I believe that there is a plan in this world for each of us and as short as your life was, you must have fulfilled it. I'm sure there are many people who still think about you as I do and it always brings a smile to my face to remember seeing you stand on a step to kiss Kim. You were like a brother to me and I miss you.  Love you, Sue


04/04/11 12:17 AM #2    

Nancy Steffen (Hendrich)

Jimmy Ken Harrison:  31 Dec 1948--01 Nov 1969, Republic of Viet Nam (South Viet Nam)-Dept of the US Army

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