County to honor soldier killed in Vietnam with bridge dedication ceremony

Published 9:20 pm Thursday, October 12, 2017

On Sunday, community members will come together to pay tribute to a Carter County man who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

Carter County Commissioner Mike Hill, who serves as chairman of the Highway Committee, announced this week a special ceremony will be held on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. to dedicate a bridge in the Poga community in memory of Private First Class Steven Harmon, who was killed in action during the Vietnam War. The bridge spans the Elk River on Poga Road in the vicinity of Stone Mountain Church, which is located at 721 Poga Road.

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Members of Rolling Thunder will be there to pay tribute to Harmon along with State Representative Timothy Hill. Friends and family members are invited to attend and share their thoughts and memories of Harmon.

During the County Commission meeting on Sept. 18, the commissioners voted unanimously to dedicate the bridge as the “Private First Class Floyd Steven Harmon Memorial Bridge.”

Harmon was born on January 1, 1944, to Floyd Harmon and Frieda Blanche McGuire Harmon. In August 1965 Harmon enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve his country in Vietnam. He served in the Army with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.

For his military service, Harmon was awarded several medals, including the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Purple Heart Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.

“PFC Harmon bravely sacrificed his life for his country when he was killed in action on February 24, 1966 in the Vietnam War,” states the resolution passed by the County Commission.

The Commission previously voted to honor Harmon for his service by naming a bridge in the Poga community in his memory, but a formal bridge dedication never occurred.