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Memorial Services Held For N.C.-Based Servicemen

Posted March 14, 2002

— Memorial services were held Friday morning for a Fort Bragg soldier and a Pope airman killed in Afghanistan last week.

More than 600 people attended services for Chief Warrant Officer Stanley Harriman.

A memorial service began at 11 a.m. at JFK Chapel on Fort Bragg. During the service, Harriman was posthumuously given the Silver Star, Purple Heart and Combat Infantry Badge.

Harriman, 34, of Wade, died after leading his men into enemy territory occupied by Al-Qaeda fighters. The troops were securing a critical blocking position at night, along a high-speed avenue of escape, through difficult terrain in areas known by the enemy, when they encountered trouble.

The troops were almost finished with their movement when their vehicle was hit by enemy attack. Harriman managed to notify higher headquarters that they were under fire and needed back-up.

Harriman deliberately placed himself in harm's way to protect his men. He got out of his vehicle to take control and direct his men out of the danger area. Harriman, who was mortally wounded, was credited for preventing further loss of life.

Capt. Matthew McHale was with Harriman when he was hit by mortar fire.

"In combat under fire, he made sound judgments, exercised leadership, and with complete disregard for his safety, he did all the right things," McHale said.

Harriman's memorial service was followed by a funeral at Arran Lakes Baptist Church on Bingham Drive in Fayetteville. A 21-gun salute was also held for Harriman.

"I can't say it in words how much it means to our family and to our father," said Shawn Harriman, Stan's brother.

Harriman was assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg. The Gulf War veteran served the Army for 16 years.

He is survived by a wife and three children.

A memorial service was also held at Pope Air Force Base for Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman, who was killed Monday during Operation Anaconda.

Chapman, 36, of Windber, Pa., was an Air Force combat controller. His service was closed, and his burial was scheduled for next week in Windber.

Chapman's wife and two young daughters plan to move from Fayetteville to Windber to be near her parents, family members said.


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