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Matthew Lawrence Harris A Veteran's Story


August 9, 2018

Courtesy of Diane Wise

Matthew Harris completes basic training.

Arriving in the world on January 2, 1980, Matthew Lawrence Harris made his debut in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He would live on a ranch outside of Chugwater, Wyoming, until his parents moved to Pine Bluffs when he was ten years old.

While his parents, Stanley and Virginia Harris, who still reside in Pine Bluffs, never served in the military, their fathers did. Harris's paternal grandfather, Harold Harris served in the United States Navy during WWII, and his maternal grandfather, Leonard Cussins served in the United States Army, also during WWII. These were some of the influences for Matthew Harris to enter into the military.

Harris graduated from Pine Bluffs High School in 1998. He did not desire to go to college, but wanted to see more of the world, and this lead him to choose the United States Army.

Harris would travel to Kentucky for basic training and infantry. He was stationed at Fort Knox until July of 1999. His MOS was Tank Mechanic. Upon completion he was transferred to Fort Lewis, Washington. He would spend fourteen months there with the 132 Armored Division.

Harris would then travel closer to home for his next duty station. He would be stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado for one year.

Suffering an illness, Harris would find his military career coming to an end. "I was proud to have served, and while I didn't go overseas, I did see parts of the United States I hadn't see." Harris stated.

Penny Merryfield

Harris and his wife, Natalie outside the Donald Eisenhauer American Legion Post 60

Harris married his high school sweetheart, Natalie Wise, also from Pine Bluffs.

After his departure from the military, Harris would move his family back to Wyoming. Still using his military training, Harris is a heavy equipment operator with the Powder River Coal Company in Wright, Wyoming.

Harris resides in Glenrock, Wyoming and is on the Glenrock Volunteer Fire Department. He has been a volunteer fireman for two years.

Harris and his wife, Natalie have three daughters and enjoy bringing their girls home for visits to Pine Bluffs. Harris is a member of the Donald Eisenhauer American Legion Post 60.

"I have no regrets with my military service, and I would encourage any of the graduating class to enlist. Go see the world, they will get a good experience and education." stated Harris.


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