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Army Spc. Kenneth W. Harris Jr.

Died August 20, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom


23, of Charlotte, Tenn.; assigned to the 212th Transportation Company, Army Reserve, Chattanooga, Tenn.; killed in two-vehicle accident Aug. 20 on the main supply route near Scania, Iraq.

The last time Spc. Kenneth W. Harris Jr. talked to his twin brother, he seemed more concerned about folks back home than about himself.

“I can’t even explain it. I just talked to him last weekend,” Nathan Harris said. “He didn’t even think about himself. He just wanted to know that everybody (at home) is OK.” The 23-year-old Harris was driving on a supply route when he was fatally injured in a traffic accident in Scania, Iraq, on Aug. 20.

— Associated Press


Army reservist from Middle Tennessee dies in Iraq

Associated Press

An Army reservist from Charlotte, Tenn., was killed while serving in Iraq, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Aug. 21.

Spc. Kenneth W. Harris Jr., 23, was driving on a supply route Aug. 20 when he was involved in a two-vehicle accident that fatally injured him, the Army said. Another soldier was injured.

The accident, which happened in Scania, Iraq, is being investigated.

Harris was assigned to the 212th Transportation Company, based in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Harris’s father, Kenneth W. Harris Sr., of Cumberland Furnace, Tenn., said he did not want to comment on his son’s death.

“We’re still just gathering information,” he told The Tennessean newspaper.

His mother said she had no comment.

Mike Miller taught Harris and his twin brother, Nathan, computer-assisted drawing at Dickson High School. He recalled Harris as “very likable person.”

“He was one of those that did everything you asked,” Miller said.

Nathan Harris said he was devastated by the news of his brother’s death.

“I can’t even explain it. I just talked to him last weekend,” he told WZTV of Nashville on Thursday. “He didn’t even think about himself. He just wanted to know that everybody (at home) was OK.”

Charlotte is 32 miles west of Nashville.

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