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GARRISON, Harry A. aged 93, passed away on Sunday, May 4, 2014, in Collierville, TN. Harry was born in Franklin, Ohio on April 2, 1921. He was the son of Andrew and Edna Gray Garrison. He graduated from Steele High School in Dayton, Ohio in 1938. Harry married Bette A. Niederman on March 8, 1945 and had four children: Michael R. Garrison (deceased), Anthony L. Garrison of Covington, KY, Christina M. Moran of Collierville, TN, and John J. Garrison of Chicago, IL. He is preceded in death by his parents Andy and Edna, his son Michael, and his wife Bette. He is survived by his children Anthony, Christina, and John. Harry was a WWII Marine veteran and served as a Private First Class in the Pacific Ocean Theater from 1942 through 1945. Major battles included Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester and one of the worst battles of the War, Peleliu. During the battle at Peleliu, he sustained an injury for which he was awarded a Purple Heart. With a severe case of Malaria and weighing only 85 pounds, he was visited by Eleanor Roosevelt as she was making her rounds at the hospital. As he shared his most fervent desire to return to the battle front with her, she thanked him for his service and assured him he more than served his time to defend our country. From the moment he enlisted until the time of his death, his time in the Marines serving his country remained the highest honor in his life. After the war, Harry returned to Dayton and married his pre-war sweetheart Bette Niederman. Although they only dated briefly prior to his enlistment, he promised to come back for her after the war. He never gave up on the promise, and she never forgot it. Harry began his career as an apprentice in a tool shop and worked his way up to become a Master Tool & Die Maker. At the time of his retirement at 72 from the Chrysler Corporation, he was one of the few Master Tool Makers in the country. During his life, Harry was avid about his hobbies, the most favorite of which was riding his bike. From the time he started riding at age 50 until he was 78, he logged every single mile he ever rode on a yellow legal pad - - culminating in well over 100,000 miles. Although not an avid traveler, his fondest travels to cities all over the US were with his wife when they attended the yearly national reunions of the WWII, First Marine Division at Guadalcanal. Their golden years were the best of times for both of them. From the day that Bette died on March 30, 2010, Harry never stopped searching for her, ever. His greatest desire as he left this earth was to be reunited with her. Visitation will be 11:30am, Wednesday followed by funeral services at 12:30 p.m., at Collierville Funeral Home. Burial will follow in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery located at 4000 Forest Hill Irene Road in Collierville. Online condolences and memorial tributes can be made at www.colliervillefuneral.com

Published in Dayton Daily News on May 6, 2014
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