Private First Class Leonard Harness was born on April 1, 1922. He served in the Pacific theater of the war in the 161st Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Leonard L. Harness was killed in action in the Philippine Islands and initially buried at the USAF Cemetery, Santa Barbara No. 1, Philippine Islands.
On August 6, 1948 he was buried at Knoxville National Cemetery (Section B, Plot 5878), according to the US National Cemetery Interment Control Forms. He was buried next to his father, Thomas Luther Harness Section B, Plot 5877, who was a musician in WWI.
Clinton Courier News, February22, 1945
Announcement was made last week that Pfc. Leonard L. Harness, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. harness, 922 Hill Street, was killed in action on Luzon Jan. 17. Pfc. Harness enlisted April 9, 1940, and was sent to Hawaii, serving in the South Pacific for more than four years. Holder of the Purple Heart for wounds received Jan. 14, 1943. Pfc. Harness also wore medals for rifle and bayonet service.
- Rank: Private First Class
- Date of birth: 1 April 1922
- Date of death: 17 January 1945
- County: Anderson
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 161st Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division
- Theater: Pacific
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Knoxville National Cemetery, Knoxville, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar VI, Top Panel
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