SPC Chris M. Harris
November 3, 1991 - August 2, 2017
Christopher (Chris) Michael Harris was born on November 3, 1991 in St. Petersburg, Florida. He attended Grace Christian School in Sanford, North Carolina, where he was a member of the soccer team, basketball team, and graduated in 2010.
Chris was an avid fisherman and boater who loved spending time on the water and at the beach. In October 2013, he joined the United States army as an infantryman. After his initial entry training, he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC. Chris loved his family, his friends, and his country with all his heart and he was proud to serve as a Paratrooper in the "Devil" Brigade. Chris died at the age of 25 in Afghanistan on August 2, 2017, when his patrol vehicle was struck by a vehicle borne improvised explosive device.
Chris is survived by his wife Brittany Harris and his daughter Christian Michelle Harris. Chris had just found out he was going to be a father the week before he died. He was so excited to learn he was going to be a Dad. This was something he and Brittany had always dreamed about.
"Chris was a motivated and professional Paratrooper. He was polite, decisive, and highly respected by both his leaders and team members alike. Chris always presented himself as a kind, caring, and fiercely dedicated leader and protector. Chris was a natural leader and big brother to many within the Platoon. He was respected, admired, and loved by his fellow Paratroopers. He touched hundreds of lives in the Army and leaves behind many friends who will forever cherish having the privilege to know him." This is how One of Chris's commanding officers described him.
Chris left a beautiful legacy, his daughter Christian Michelle Harris. She will grow up knowing that her father was a hero and died fighting for her freedom and the country that he loved. At American Flag Journey, We honor Chris Harris and his family by Forwarding His Legacy. We have created a scholarship for veterans and service members in Chris's name. To read more about the Chris M. Harris Scholarship, click here.