39th Bomb Group (VH)

Unit Citation
and Awards

arpuc.jpg [The Presidental Unit Citation]

Oak Leaf Cluster

Service Awards

apcm.jpg [The Asiatic-Pacfic Campaign Medal]


star1.gif [Bronze Star]

wwiivic.gif [The Victory Medal, World War II]

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S/Sgt Gordon E. Harr
Crew Chief

Gordon was born on March 14, 1915 to Charles and Gertrude (Oligney) Harr on his parent's farm northwest of Zell, S.D.

Gordon graduated from high school in Rockham, S.D. He enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Camp (CCC) in 1938.

On June 9, 1939, he married Lois Cooper in Watertown, S.D. They lived in Miranda, S.D, until March 24, 1943, when Gordon was drafted for World War II and served in the air force until January 5, 1946.

When he returned to Zell, he and Lois farmed until 1969, when they moved to Spearfish, SD. In 1972, Gordon was appointed to the Lawrence County Weed Board Supervisor's position, which he held until 1987.

He and Lois enjoyed their retirement years being "snowbirds", living in Spearfish in the summer and traveling in their motor home during the winter.

Gordon and his wife Lois have three children: Richard, Judy and Pam; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Gordon E. Harr, passed away on April 6, 2004, of an extended illness at the age of 89, at the David M. Dorsett Health Care Facility in Spearfish. Family and friends shared their memories and celebrate Gordon's life on April 12, 2004; Burial followed at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with full military honors provided by American Legion Post #164 & V.F.W. Post# 5860.

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