Harold Knight
1930 - 2020
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PFC Harold K. Knight, age 20, was killed in action on November 25, 1950, during the Korean War. He was born in Oil City, Pa., on June 20, 1930, the son of the late Henry and Irene Ausel Knight.

He grew up in Erie and attended East High School. Harold worked at General Electric for close to six months before joining the military.

Harold transferred from the Pennsylvania National Guard to enlist in the U.S. Army on May 31st, 1949. Knight was an infantry man assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 31st Infantry Regiment, 31st Regimental Combat Team, where he was killed at the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea.

Knight's father had received several telegrams and letters from 1950-1953 regarding his status from missing in action to killed in action. In March of 1954, Knight was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. His mother had died in 1949, never knowing the fate of her son. His father passed away in 1982, knowing only that his son's remains were still somewhere in Korea.

Knight's remains were repatriated following a summit in 2018, when 55 boxes of U.S. soldier remains were handed over to the U.S. Department of Defense from the Korean People's Army. DNA analysis was completed to identify the remains.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Isabel Beaman, Dora McAnich, Opal Goatley, and Rosie Rodgers; and four brothers, LeRoy Knight, Robert Knight, Alfred Knight and Quinton Knight.

Harold is survived by two sisters, Frances Thompson and Patricia (Thomas) McInchak; and a brother, Albert (Patricia) Knight, all of Erie; as well as several nieces and nephews, who had never met him, but grew up knowing that their Uncle Harold was a war hero.

A procession to the graveside service will depart from Burton Quinn Scott Cremation & Funeral Services, Inc., Downtown, 602 W. 10th Street, Erie, on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend a service at Heckathorn Cemetery, 369 Heckathorn Church Road, in Seneca, Pa., at 1 p.m., with full military honors. Live streaming will be available at https://www.facebook.com/BurtonFuneralHomesAndCrematoryInc.

All CDC guidelines will be followed including face masks, social distancing, and capacity limits.

Please send condolences at www.Burtonfuneralhomes.com.

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Published in Erie Times-News on Oct. 22, 2020.
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October 23, 2020
Welcome home American hero. Thank you sir.
RW
October 23, 2020
May you now RIP . Thank You for your service .
Beverly Cramer
October 22, 2020
His long journey home is over prayers are with the family thanks for his service for our country
Don &christie young
Friend
October 22, 2020
Uncle Harold, I am so happy and blessed to have been able to have you with me as a child. Thank you for always coming through to me. My mom your niece did an amazing job teaching me about you and connected us since birth. You will forever be my hero. Your legacy will live on forever my beloved uncle. You keep lighting up for all of us we see you
DinaMarie Moffatt
Family
October 22, 2020
I did not know your Harold but claim a kinship that my dad was also named Harold. Thank you for your service for America. Please know that I will be saying prayers for all of Harold's family members as well. Peace be with you. Condolences.
Barbara
October 22, 2020
Thank you for your service and for the ultimate sacrifice of giving your life to ensure the freedom that I and all Americans have today.
G K
Friend
October 22, 2020
I would like to thank Harold for giving his life to keep us free. Although I didn't know him I am glad that he is back on the land he gave his life for.
Sandra Kowalski
October 21, 2020
ALTHOUGH I DID NOT KNOW YOUR BROTHER.... I AM SO GLAD THAT HE FINALLY HAS RETURNED HOME TO A LAND HE FOUGHT FOR AND GAVE HIS LIFE. GOD BLESS HAROLD, HE IS CELEBRATING A REUNION IN HEAVEN WITH HIS PARENTS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND LOVED ONES.
PLEASE ACCEPT MY SINCERE SYMPATHIES. "GOD BLESS AMERICA, LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE."
CHRIS KOZIK
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