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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: April 17, 2017 03:56 PM
From: Representative Stephen Kinsey and Rep. Harry Lewis, Jr.
To: All House members
Subject: Condolence Resolution – Honoring the Life of John L. Harrison Jr., Tuskegee Airman and Congressional Gold Medal Recipient
In the coming weeks, Representative Lewis and I plan to introduce a condolence resolution honoring the life of John L. Harrison Jr., Tuskegee Airman and Congressional Gold Medal Recipient.

On March 22, 2017, John L. Harrison Jr., passed away at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse in Philadelphia. He was 96 years old. A retired U.S. Air Force Major, Harrison served three wars and was one of the 992 original pilots trained in the nation’s first combat aircraft program for African Americans established at the Tuskegee and Maxwell Fields in Alabama.
Major Harrison flew combat missions in Italy and went on to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces for 24 years. Harrison later became director of the Peace Corps and a high ranking official in the administration of President Nixon and Pennsylvania Govern Dick Thornburg.

Major Harrison nobly defended our country. His strength and character remained strong. Harrison was among the Tuskegee Airman who were awarded the Congressional Medal, one of the highest civilian honors in the United States from President George W. Bush.

Major Harrison touched many throughout his life while also shaping history along its path that interlinks all of America.

I hope that you will join us in honoring the life and memory of Tuskegee Airman, Major John L. Harrison Jr., Thank you!

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Introduced as HR279