MARSHALL HARRISON
6 Dec. 1933 – 22 Aug. 1995

 

Marshall Harrison was a retired Air Force officer who had been a public school teacher, commercial pilot, and a successful writer. He had three books published by Presidio Press.  One was autobiographical, A Lonely Kind of War, Forward Air Controller, Vietnam.  The others were novels, Cadiallac Flight and The Delta.  All have the Vietnam conflict as a recurring theme.  He had also been published extensively in regional newspapers.

 

While on active duty, Harrison served as a B-47 and B-52 pilot with Strategic Air Command, and a fighter pilot for the Air Defense Command.  He served with the 10th Air Force/Central NORAD Region-Chief of Current Intelligence.  He was a Staff Intelligence Officer with Headquarters, USAF, and immediately prior to his retirement, was an Intelligence Analyst with the Directorate of Estimates, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington DC.

 

Harrison served three tours of duty in Vietnam commencing in 1965 and terminating in 1970 with more than 500 combat sorties flown over North and South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. He was an Air Liaison Officer/Forward Air Controller with the 1st and 3rd Brigades, 1st Infantry Division; 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division; and MACV Studies and Observation Group.

 

His awards include the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC), the Air Medal with 20 OLCs, Joint Service Commendation Medal with 1 OLC, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with two Silver Stars and Palm, the Vietnamese Medal of Honor, and the Presidential Unit Citation for MACVSOG service.

 

Marshall Harrison received a Masters of Education degree in 1974 from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX..  In 1989, he was an original member of the Vietnam Center Advisory Board at Texas Tech.  He served as secretary of that Board until his death in 1995.