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CPT Harris Photograph and Honorary Diploma

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Inside the town hall. Commemorative Object The memorial consists of a framed black and white photograph of Charles Dashiell Harris, a captain for the 6th Engineers, and his framed honorary diploma, which made him an honorary citizen of the town of Cléry-le-Grand. Both are are hanging on the wall right next to each other. 


CPT Charles Dashiell Harris, a company commander in the 6th Engineers from March 21 to October 20, 1918, was mortally wounded while clearing a German machine gun nest in the Clair Chênes Woods, near Cléry-le-Grand. CPT Harris was taken captive by the Germans; he died from his wounds soon after on October 20, 1918. 

Monument Text:

Capitaine HARRIS Dashiell

Charles (21 ans)
Blessé mortellement
le 20 octobre 1918
dans le bois au lieu-
dit "Les Clairs Chânes"
sur le Territoire de 
la Commune.

Diplôme d'honneur

Le Maire et le Conseil Municipal
de la Commune de Cléry-le-Grand (Meuse)
Se souvenant que, le 20 octobre 1918, le Capitaine
Charles, Dashiell Harris, officier du Génie Américain, a, 
au prix de on vie, neutralisé une position ennemie sur les
hauteurs de Cléry-le-Grand, au lieu-dit "Lès Chênes Clairs", 
Ont décidé à l'unanimité de commémorer le 75éme
Anniversaire de cet acte de bravoure avec toute la dignité
qu'il mérite et perpétuer le souvenir du sacrifice du Capitaine 
Charles, Dashiell Harris qui se voit décernes le titre de , 

Citezen d'Honneur
de la commune de Cléry-le-Grand
(A titre posthume)

La population de Cléry-le-Grand témoigné ainsi
de la vitalité des liens d'estime et d'amitié que les événements 
douloureux de son histoire ont tissé entre le peuple Américain 
et la peuple Francais. 

Cette inscription est destinée à conserver dans notre 
mémoire reconnaissante le nom du Capitaine Charles, 
Dashiell Harris et ceux de ses camarades de l'armée des 
Etats-Unis qui, luttant pour notre liberté, sont morts 
héroiquement au combat. 

Fait à Cléry-le-Grand, le vingt trois Octobre mil
neuf cent quatre vingt treize, en deux exemplaires, l'un rédigé
en langue Francaise, 
l'autre rédigé
en langue Anglaise.

English Translation: 

Captain HARRIS Dashiell
Charles (21 years-old)
mortally wounded
October 20, 1918
in the woods at a place
called "Les Clairs Chânes"
in the Territory of 
the Commune.

Honorary Diploma

The Mayor and the City Council
Municipality of Clery-le-Grand (Meuse)
Recalling that on 20 October 1918 Captain
Charles Dashiell Harris, American engineering officer, 
gave his life and neutralized an enemy position on the 
heights of Clery-le-Grand, in a place called "Les Chenes Clairs"
It has been decided unanimously to commemorate the 75th
Anniversary of this act of bravery with the dignity
it deserves and the remembrance of the sacrifice of Captain
Charles Dashiell Harris who is awarded the title,

Citezen of Honor
Town of Clery-le-Grand
(Posthumously)

The people of Clery-le-Grand have witnessed
the vitality of the bonds of esteem and friendship and testify that these
painful historical events are intertwined with the American people
and the French people.

This entry is to keep our
grateful memory of the name of Captain Charles
Dashiell Harris and those of his comrades in the
United States Army who, fighting for our freedom, died
heroically in battle.

Done at Clery-le-Grand, October 23, 
1993 in two copies, one written
in the French language, 
another written
in the English language. 

Commemorates:

People:

Charles Dashiell Harris

Units:

6th Engineers

United States Army

Wars:

WWI

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