This is my father, Capt. Dennette Arthur Harrod, Sr. He was born on August 2, 1917 in Steelton, PA, to Viola (Donna) Carter and James LeRoy "Irvin" Harrod.
Pop in 1941
Pop in 1994
Pop in 1997
During World War II, my father was an officer in the 366th Infantry Regiment, an all-black unit (Buffalo Soldiers) that fought in Italy, and he was awarded three Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars . Many of his fellow officers were either high school or college classmates, and some of them advanced quite far in the military after the war, while others became professionals and politicians. Many, like my father, became career civil servants. He is president of the 366th Infantry Regiment Veterans Association, a non-profit corporation that provides WWW home pages for the anscestors and descendants of its members.
When I was a teenager, Pop was with the U.S. State Department, an Assistant Under-Secretary for Southeast Asian Affairs, and spent several months in the Saigon Embassy during one of the Tet Offensives. I have photographs of him with two U.S. Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson (taken in the Oval Office with Duke Ellington) and Bill Clinton. When I was a junior in high school, he asked me if I wanted to go to West Point but those are Tells for Some Other Time.
Thompson was my father's maternal grandmother. They say
that "maternity is never in doubt, but you take paternity
on faith in your mother's honesty", so Great Grandma
Thompson was my father's mother's mother. I attended
her funeral while a freshman in college.
Harrod was my father's paternal grandfather. He died
before I was born, and he was one of the
eight sons of James Harrod, about whom I
Pop died on 2000-03-23 at the age of 82. He is survived by myself, my mother (Phyllis Greenfield Harrod ), my sister (Phyllisolive Harrod), and her son (my nephew, Vincent Dennette Ratliff).
"Count" Basie - Mom & Pop
stayed on his Caribbean island for a weekend in
Last update: 2009-05-11 by Dennette@WiZ-WORX.com
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