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November 11, 2012

Two years in a foxhole

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NORMAN —

He also began his civilian career, joining Benham Co., an engineering and construction company. He worked with Benham for 40 years, learning the business from the ground up. He was commended by the Benham leadership as a person who could do any task well. He has lived in Norman all of his life except for his service years.

Frank was like most of the soldiers who fought in the front lines of World War II. His memorabilia is very sparse and modest. He will discuss the unusual or humorous events that happened during his 24 months in combat, but he does not talk about the violence, death and destruction he saw and was part of.

But, there is no doubt that World War II was won by soldiers like Frank Harmon, who saw his duty and did it, in spite of great physical and mental hardship.

Frank has never asked for special recognition for his courageous service and has continued to be a Great American in his civilian career, his family and his community contribution.

He deserves the highest level of appreciation from his fellow Americans, his city and his country for the service and sacrifices he made during a period of his nation’s greatest need.

He truly was a charter member of the greatest generation.

 

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