1st Class Private, 120th Inf., Co. L, Div. 30th, 3rd Reg. Born May 13, 1889; son of T. F. and M. L. Harris, of Davidson County. Entered service June 5, 1917, at Thomasville, N.C. Was sent to Camp Sevier, S. C., September, 1917. Transferred to Camp Merritt, N. J. Sent to France May, 1918. Fought at Ypres, Belgium. Killed at Ypres, Belgium, August 4, 1918. Buried at Poperinghe. Hamit D. Harris was the first Thomasville boy to make the supreme sacrifice in the cause of freedom and righteousness, and he was one among the bravest and best. He lived a life so clean and honest and true, as to win the confidence and esteem of his comrades. Because of his fidelity to truth he won the nickname of “George Washington” among his friends in civilian life. When the first call came to his home town, he enlisted with Co. L June 5th, having inherited the spirit of the sixties from his grandfather, Hamit J. Harris, who was Captain of Co. A, 10th N.C. Battalion, during the entire four years of the War Between the States.
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