Pvt. Devon Harris KIA is returning home to North Texas
Pvt. Devon Harris’ mother Sorainya Harris, brother and twin sister will face Christmas this year without their loved one, who was killed late last week. The 24-year-old Army private had been in Afghanistan only a month when a rocket-propelled grenade killed him.
Pvt. Devon J. Harris, of Mesquite, Texas, died November 27 in Wardak province, Afghanistan.
The Department of Justice confirms 24-year-old Harris died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with a rocket-propelled grenade.
He was assigned to the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, at Ft. Polk, Louisiana.
“He wanted to make something of himself,” she said. “He wanted to be a history teacher and thought that was the best way for him to go.”
“I think the job he did, he enjoyed it,” said Christopher Harris, Devon’s brother. “Like I said, that was what he always talked about.”
He joined the military only last year. But, for years, Harris had served others by volunteering at his church and his school, Skyline High School in Dallas.
His mother says he will return to North Texas later in the week and will be buried at Dallas Ft. Worth National Cemetery with full military honors.
Posted November 29, 2010 at 4:31 PM
Update: Dec 3, 2010
DFW International Airport Pvt. Devon Harris returned home in a chartered plane from Dover AFB, DE touched down shortly after 8:00 AM . Below is a broadcasting video from the local ABC affiliate reporting on location and emotional interviews of family members.
As founder of USFallen.org this loss has impacted my personal life. This warrior and I both attended Skyline High School. After 18 months of helping to raise awareness to the fact, that as we carry on with our lives, there are those who still make sacrifices on our behalves. A human sacrificed. Lives have been disrupted and a grieving family and friends are shattered. Weather or not we agree for the causes of such a sacrifice, it impacts us all.
As such, we must do our part, by honoring and paying our respects to a human sacrifice. It is how we as a society must conduct ourselves and never forget to do so. A human sacrifice still has a significance in our daily lives including freedoms, rights and liberties.
This presents an opportunity to ask ourselves; was it worth it? More importantly, it begs the question, were we worthy?
Thank you Devon. May your family find solace and peace, knowing your sacrifice will never be forgotten. We pray for the pain to be replaced with pride. May he now and forever rest in peace.
Posted on December 3, 2010 at 4:07 PM