Harrison, William Kelly, CDR

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Line Officer
Primary Unit
1916-1919, 111X, Office of Judge Advocate General (OJAG)
Service Years
1887 - 1919

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Home Town
Last Address
San Diego, California

Date of Passing
Aug 15, 1928
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 2

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On April 20, 1914, Congress authorized the occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico, to "obtain the fullest recognition of the rights and dignity of the United States." On the night of April 21 Commander Harrison distinguished himself by bringing his ship into the inner harbor without the assistance of a pilot or navigational aids. He had his ship in position on the morning of the twenty-second to use his guns with telling effect. 


For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and 22 April 1914. During this period, Comdr. Harrison brought his ship into the inner harbor during the nights of the 21st and 22d without the assistance of a pilot or navigational lights, and was in a position on the morning of the 22d to use his guns with telling effect at a critical time.

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Born at Waco, Texas, July 30, 1870, Commander Harrison was awarded the Medal of Honor for service at Vera Cruz, Mexico, on April 21-22, 1914. The Medal was actually issued to him on December 4, 1915.

The Commander died on August 15, 1928 and was buried in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Kate H. Harrison, August 22, 1872-March 29, 1967, is buried with him.

Note: His son, William Kelly Harrison, Jr., graduated from West Point in 1917 and retired from the Army as a Lieutenant General in 1957.

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 Duty Stations
US NavyCommander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)Naval War College (Faculty Staff)Naval Legal Service Units (JAG)
  1899-1903, 116X, USS Indiana (BB-1)
  1903-1904, 116X, USS Newark (C-1)
  1905-1907, 111X, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
  1907-1911, 111X, USS Minnesota (BB-22)
  1912-1915, USS San Francisco (C-5)
  1915-1915, 111X, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
  1916-1919, 111X, Office of Judge Advocate General (OJAG)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War/Battle of San Juan
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War/Battle of Guantanamo Bay
  1899-1902 Philippine-American War/Philippine Insurrections
  1914-1914 US Occupation of Veracruz
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1887-1891, United States Naval Academy
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