DANIEL LEE HARMON was born on January 31, 1946 and joined the Armed Forces while in Kodiak, AK. He served as a 11B20 in the Army. In 1 year of service, he attained the rank of SP4/E4. He began a tour of duty on July 21, 1966. On June 2, 1967, at the age of 21, Daniel Lee Harmon perished in the service of our country in South Vietnam, Pleiku. You can find Danny honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 21E, Row 34.
The following items have been posted to Daniel's Virtual Wall website:
Maurice Harmon - Daniel L Harmon was my younger brother. We were very proud of him and miss him very much. To clear up any misconceptions, he was an Alaskan Native. He once went AWOL from the Army because they wouldn't send him to Viet Nam, thats how much he loved this country.
Ron Coon - In June 1967 Dan saved my life in the middle of an ambush; and he then forfeited his own trying to save another soldier (Ronald Bonert). Dan was a native American and a great soldier. Not a day has passed in the last 30 some years that I haven't thought of this man and thanked him for my life.
Patricia Chaffin Jackson - I grew up with the Harmon family on Woody Island, near Kodiak, Alaska. His sister, Leanna, was my best friend and "sis". I considered them all my "extended family". Danny was a very sensitive, quiet, giving person who gave to his country in a very unselfish way. I visit his gravesite often on the island where I grew up with him and knew him and will always honor his sacrifice to our country. We have all lost a very special and precious person. God Bless Danny Harmon and the America for which he fought.
Anonymous Alaskan Native Brother - I recently had the honor of being at Daniel's Memorial on Woody Island, this past June 6th of 2003. The stories I have heard have me holding my head high for Daniel, as he soars high above the grounds of Woody Island, Alaska. Now his spirit is that of an Eagle. I met Daniels family there and they are fantastic people to know. I look forward to visiting his Grave Site each time I visit Woody Island, Alaska.
Chris Spencer - A Native American Prayer - It is said a man hasn't died as long as he is remembered. This prayer is a way for families, friends and fellow veterans to remember our fallen brothers and sisters. Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die.
Mike Lapolla - Dan Harmon was a Lieutenant's dream come true. My fondest memories of our servive in 1966-67 was the quality of soldier who volunteered for our unit. When we were being formed, it was critical to have soldiers who were level-headed and reliable. Our missions required soldiers who could think, react and make decisions on their own. Dan was one of those special soldiers who gave everyone else the confidence they needed. It was an unexpected pleasure to re-establish contact with his family last year - and being invited to their gathering and tribal retreat in Kodiak.
Bob Smyers - I had only been a member of the LRRP for 19 days when Dan was KIA while being extracted from a hot contact with the NVA. I was told by one of the men,Ron Coon who was on the team and on his 5th or 6th mission,that Dan had saved his life and in the process of yet trying to save another team member(who died 14 days later after being extracted) he, Dan, lost his own life. The news really sadden the men of the platoon as he had been the first since the origin of the LRRP platoon. It was short Dan but the way you presented yourself to me will cause me to always remember you. "No greater hath a man but to give his life for a friend".