HAMILTON, NJ -- During his Monday afternoon daily press briefing, Governor Phil Murphy honored the life of long-time Hamiltonian Armit Harrison, Sr. who succumbed to COVID-19 (coronavirus) at the age of 99. Murphy called Harrison a "proud member of our Greatest Generation."
Harrison enlisted in the United States Marine Corp following the attack of Pearl Harbor. During World War II, he served in the Pacific Theater in the Marshall and Marianas Islands as a forward scout observer, a particularly dangerous position tasked with surveying enemy lines. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his bravery in the summer of 1944 during the Tinian Invasion.
After recovering from his war injuries, he married his childhood sweetheart, Charlotte, to whom he was married for 68 years. They raised four sons in Hamilton Township. Harrison took over his father's retail milk distribution company and had a long career in retail until his retirement.
During his remarks, Murphy noted that Harrison was a "long-suffering Phillies fan" who was extensively active in Hamilton community organizations including the Hamilton Square Baptist Church, Meals on Wheels, and Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. Murphy pointed out that despite Harrison's military knee injuries he was an avid skier until late in life.
Harrison is survived by a large family including his sister, Helen, and his four sons -- Armit, Christopher, Daniel and Brian -- and their wives, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchidren.
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