Ken comes from a family with roots going back to New England before the United States became a country. His paternal grandmother was a Shattuck, a family name well known in Massachusetts. Other family names in his line include Abbot, Chandler, Cochran, Knowlton and Bailey. His mother’s family was from Virginia also with recognized family names such as Schackelford and Herndon. Born in Washington, DC, Ken was drafted immediately after graduating high school into the Army to fight in WWII. He landed in Naples, Italy at a replacement depot, was shipped to Marseilles, France and was assigned to the 36th (Texas) Infantry Division which he traveled 36 hours to by truck. Once there he was given a Browning Automatic Rifle and clips, was shown how to use it, and carried it for the next six months. He was in France till after the Battle of the Bulge and then was transferred to the 3rd Infantry where he was sent to the Bavarian Alps near Ulm. It was here that he patrolled the Russian border after the war ended. Pictured on the Tribute Wall you will find a young Ken Harris taken at a studio and Ken as a young Scout; Ken would be involved with the Scouts at various times in his life, with his sons and as a leader with his church scout group during his retirement.
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