Real Heroes – Harrill, Omar Ray
Harrill, Omar Ray
August 18, 1943
Omar Ray Harrill, Cliffside, of the U.S. Navy, was reported missing in action. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Harrill of near Cliffside, were notified by the Navy Department of this fact last week. Omar entered the U.S. Navy in March of 1943. His parents received no details of the action. (Forest City Courier, September 23,1943)
Omar Ray Harrill (October 10,1923-August 18, 1943) was reported dead after being classified as missing for a period of one year. He was reported missing in August of 1943 when his ship sank. (Forest City Courier, September 14, 1944) His memorial is in the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, Ellenboro.
Photos courtesy of Daily Courier, Forest City, North Carolina, and James R. Brown, Publisher
From Real Heroes: Rutherford County Men Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice During World War II, by Anita Price Davis. Copyright © 2002 by The Honoribus Press, Spartanburg, SC. Reprinted with permission.