John Milton Harrington

Army of the United States
26 July 1940 - 19 September 1966
Durham, North Carolina
Panel 10E Line 118

Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
John M. Harrington
West Point 1963. Courtesy BGen Ong.

The database page for John Milton Harrington

It is with deep gratitude we are remembering you and all the others who served and died in times of war so that we may enjoy the Freedom and Liberties that make the United States of America great.

From a West Point Classmate, USMA 1963,
Clark T. Ballard, Jr., M.D., Colonel, U S Army (Ret)
66 Leschi Drive, Steilacoom, WA 98388-1514  
7 Jul 2001

17 May 2002

A final salute to a fine American
and my West Point Classmate.
From a Vietnam veteran,

Ramon M. Ong
Brigadier General (Ret)
Armed Forces of the Philippines
USMA Class of 1963  


28 May 2004

It was once long ago, on a sunny day, that I visited my father's
uncle, "Buddy" Harrington in Durham, N.C. As a young child, I can
remember his home even to this day, running through the same halls
that his own son, John Milton ran through. At the time though, I did
not know John Milton.

You see, John Milton died in service to his country 2 years before I
was even born, but on that bright sunny day, I was told that he was
as gregarious and energetic as I was at that age.

It was at that time that I began to realize that I was kin to a hero.

Throughout my life, I've visited the moving wall and seen his name,
I've watched true story movies depicting the first battles of the
Vietnam Conflict, and each time I do these things, I cry. Not for the
loss... no.... I cry because his dedication, as well as the
dedication of all the other soldiers of the United States military,
protected what so many hold dear and so many more take for
granted.... Freedom.

I am proud to say that my cousin John Milton was a member of that
group of people that did fight for what they believed in, giving us
what no one should ever take for granted.

Do I wish I got the chance to know him? Sure... Do I grieve because I
didn't? What makes you think I don't?

Because of John Milton I can say "I'm Proud to be an American, where
at least I know I'm free... And I won't forget the men who died,
to give that right to me...." (Lee Greenwood, "Proud to be an American")

May your spirit carry on, John Milton, and I ask that you will watch
over my son when he enters the Navy, guiding him in the strength and
courage it takes to do what you did....

I love you

From a cousin,
Kris Harrington Sheeley

11 Mar 2006

John and I served together in the 4/31 Infantry. We were wonderful friends and I was there the night he was killed. The hardest thing I have ever had to do was to take John's remains to the people in base camp at the graves registration unit and say good bye to him forever.

Today, March 12 2006 (Sunday), my wife and I will be dedicating a large memorial flag in our church in honor of John and Manzie Glover who was also killed that night. Both were wonderful people and I am proud to have served with them.

From a friend who was with John,
Sid Field
then 1st Lt, US Army

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Two men from HQ and HQ Company, 4/31st Infantry, died on 19 Sep 1966 in what is commonly known as a "friendly fire" incident: CPT John M. Harrington and SP4 Manzie Glover of Elizabeth, NJ.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a West Point Classmate, USMA 1963,
Clark T. Ballard, Jr, M D, Col U S Army Ret
7 Jul 2001

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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