Harris, Hugh Pate, born 15-06-1909 in Anderson, Alabama. After graduating from Columbia Military Academy, he attended and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1931, receiving his commission in the infantry. Early in his career he was involved in the early development of airborne units and doctrine. During World War II he was Chief of Staff of the 13th Airborne Division . He served as Chief of Staff of the XVIII Airborne Corps, and commanded a regiment in the 40th Infantry Division, nickname “Sunshine Division” during the Korean War. After the war he was Deputy Chief of Staff, Eighth United States Army. He took command of the Berlin Command in 1955, and in 1956 assumed command of the 11th Airborne Division, nickname “Angels” . In April 1960, Harris became Commanding General, U.S. Army Infantry Center and Commandant, U.S. Army Infantry School at Fort Benning. In 1961 he was named commander of I Corps, and the next year Commanding General, Seventh United States Army . At retirement in 1965, General Hugh Harris was Commanding General of the U.S. Continental Army Command. Harris’ awards and decorations included the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Combat Infantryman Badge, Glider Badge and Airborne Badge. After retiring from the army, Harris became the President of The Citadel, a position he held from 1965 to 1970. He was the third consecutive four star officer to hold that position.
Death and burial ground of Harris, Hugh Pate.
Hugh Harris died, age 70, on 03-11-1979 and was buried with his two wives, Jane, born Boyd, who died age 47 in 1958 and Kathleen, born Burns, who died age 84 in 2001, on Arlington National Cemetery, Section 2. Close by in Section 2, the graves of the Lieutenant General, Commander 92nd “ Negro Division” Edward “Ned” Almond, Major General, Commander 8th Bomber Command Europe, Frederic Anderson, Rear Admiral, Commander Destroyer Greyson, Frederic Bell, Navy Admiral, “Operation Crossroads”, William Blandy, General, Commander 32nd Infantry Division, Clovis Byers, Navy Admiral. Battle of the Leyte Gulf, Robert Carney, Air Force General Lieutenant, Claire Chennault, Lieutenant General, Commander 4th Corps, Italy Campaign, Willis Crittenberger, Brigadier General, First African-American General, Benjamin Davis, Quartermaster Lieutenant General, John De Witt , Major General and Head OSS, William “Wild Bill” Donovan, Brigadier General, Speck Easley, Marine Corps Major General, Commander 1st Raider Battalion, Merrit “Red Mike” Edson, Lieutenant General, VIII Army, Robert Eichelberger, Navy Admiral, Commander Nord Pacific Fleet, Frank Fletscher and Navy Admiral, Commander VII Forces, William Fechteler, Navy Admiral, Commander Nord Pacific Fleet, Frank Fletscher, Lieutenant General, Commander 86th Infantry Division, Ridgeley Gaither, Major General, Commander 29th Infantry Division, D-Day, Charles Gerhardt and Admiral, U.S. Chief of Naval Material, John Gingrich.