Harris, Leslie Earl, Jr., Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 14th Air Commando Wing
Service Years
1943 - 1968
Lieutenant Colonel

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Last Address
Phu Cat AB, RVN

Casualty Date
May 05, 1968
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Pleiku (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fairmount Cemetery - San Angelo, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
55E 016

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Aviator (Command)

 Unit Assignments
China-Burma-India (CBI)96th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy2nd Bombardment Group, Heavy4th Air Commando Squadron
14th Air Commando Wing
  1944-1945, China-Burma-India (CBI)
  1951-1951, M 1024, 96th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1951-1951, M 1024, 2nd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1967-1968, 4th Air Commando Squadron
  1967-1968, 14th Air Commando Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 World War II
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1967-1968 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
University of Tennessee, ChattanoogaPurdue UniversityUnited States Military Academy
  1941-1942, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
  1942-1943, Purdue University
  1945-1949, United States Military Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-50 Superfortress  AC-47 Spooky/Puff  
  1950-1952, B-50 Superfortress
  1967-1968, AC-47 Spooky/Puff
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LTC Leslie Earl Harris was a WW II veteran with service in Burma and India. He served as an enlisted man in the Army Air Corps. After the war, he attended the USMA at West Point, New York, and was graduated in 1949. He took a commission in the United States Air Force. He became a B-50 pilot and was involved in a crash of that aircraft in the United Kingdom on June 8, 1951. He walked away. He served in Korea and also served in various air force bases across the country. He attended Air Force schools including the Air Force Command and General Staff College. He served four years in the Pentagon before being assigned to Vietnam. He had family in San Angelo, Texas, and had served at Goodfellow Air Force Base. While he was in Vietnam, his family remained in San Angelo. He was flying "Spooky", a C-47D on a mission in Pleiku when his aircraft was shot down and he perished. After his death his family remained in San Angelo. Harris Hall at Goodfellow AFB is named in his honor.  

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