MAJ John D. Harris was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 02/13/2016 at the age of 75.5
Euless, TX
Flight Class 68F
Date of Birth 08/19/1940
Served in the U.S. Air Force
Served in Vietnam with 40 ARRS in 71
Call sign in Vietnam JOLLY GREEN
This information was provided by Sammie Williams

More detail on this person: Harris, John Daniel (Major Retired USAF) passed away Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Parkland Hospital, Dallas, Texas. He had lived in Euless, Texas since 1983.

He was born on August 19, 1940 to John Paul and Irene (Moore) Harris in Winchester, Indiana. He graduated from Winchester High School and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. John served as an officer in the United States Air Force. As an HH53 helicopter pilot, he flew with an elite group of pilots known as the Jolly Green Giant Rescue Crew. Their motto, "So that others may live."

John began his service in the United States Air Force on January 8, 1960. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant on December 13, 1960 at Harlingen AFB, Texas and went on to B-52 air crew training. He was a navigator & radar navigator from March 1962 to March 1967 while in the B-52H Strategic Air Command (SAC) Unit at Kincheloe AFB, Michigan. After pilot training, he became a B-52H co-pilot at Wurtsmith AFB, Michigan in September 1968. In 1970, he completed basic & advanced helicopter training at Shepard AFB, Wichita Falls, Texas and Eglin AFB, Ft. Walton Beach, Florida before continuing his service as an HH-53 co-pilot and aircraft commander with the 40th ARRS (Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron) at Udorn and Nakhon Phanom (NKP) Air Bases, Thailand. From June 1973, until his retirement on August 31, 1982, John served as an aircraft commander at Hamilton AFB, California; Eglin AFB, Florida and Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. After 22 years, 7 months and 23 days of military service, John spent five years at Flight Safety International and 19 years as a fight instructor for American Airlines.

Upon his second retirement, John and his wife Linda, who were high school sweethearts, traveled the world together, with friends and family. He loved the military, his family, conservatism, hunting, and his many friends.

John is preceded in death by his parents, John and Irene Harris, granddaughter Allyson N. Otto, nephew John Delmar DePoy and niece Bethany DePoy Paolino.

He is survived by his wife Linda Hunsucker Harris; children, Kelly Harris South, Irving, TX, Jody Harris Booher & husband Wyatt Booher, Albuquerque, NM, Kirsten (Holly) Holladay & husband Patrick Holladay, Euless, TX; grandchildren, Alec South, Danielle South, Aaron Otto, Annika Otto, Bryce Holladay and Dylan Holladay. He is also survived by his sister, Phyllis Harris DePoy, Woodbridge, VA; her children Darren DePoy, College Station, TX, David DePoy, Albany, NY, Michelle Atkinson, Manassas, VA and many great-nieces and nephews.

Final resting place, Fountain Park Cemetery, Winchester, Indiana. Internment at a future date.

Memorials to John D. Harris can be made to: First United Methodist Church of Grapevine TX - Benevolent Fund or the charity of your choice.

Burial information: Fountain Park Cemetery, Winchester, IN

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