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Coldspring soldier killed
San Jacinto News- Times
COLDSPRING – A family and community awaits the body of Sgt. Calvin Bernard Harrison, who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, to be returned home for burial. Upon hearing the news of his death fl ags were lowered at the San Jacinto County courthouse and around town in his honor. The 1998 Coldspring- Oakhurst High School graduate and father of two died Sept. 29 in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fi re. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Fort Bragg, North Carolina. “He always wanted to serve his country,” his mother Betty Harrison said of her only son. Described as a courageous and dedicated family man, the 31-year-old soldier served 11 years with the Army, with one tour in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. His only sister Demetric Harrison said she has fond memories of playing basketball and hanging out with her brother. He played basketball for two years while in high school and his former coach, James Sykes, recalls him as a quiet, good kid. “He never caused any problems and was always saying funny things,” Sykes said. His father, Jack Washington, said he loved his daughters, Elvanna and Azalia, so much and spoke of how much he loved his son and said his son loved his family. Arrangements to bring him home for burial in Coldspring are pending.