Harris, Thomas Field

Thomas Field Harris (September 18, 1895 – December 21, 1967, aged 72) was a highly decorated Lieutenant General in the United States Marine Corps, who commanded the Marine Aviation Units during World War II and 1st Marine Aircraft Wing during the Korean War. He also served briefly in World War I.

Within ten years of his graduation from the Academy, he graduated from George Washington University School of Law. Then he also received flight training at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida and was designated a Naval Aviator on April 13, 1929.

In World War II, he served as the Chief of Staff, Aircraft on Guadalcanal. In the Korean War, he was Commanding General of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. Sadly, his son, Lt. Col. William Frederick Harris, USMC was lost 7 December 1950 in the breakout at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.

General Harris retired July 1953 and subsequently worked as librarian for the Kentucky State Law Library. He died in 1967 at age 72 and was buried at Pisgah Presbyterian Church Cemetery, near Versailles, KY.