About Josh Harris





Josh Harris grew upon a farm in the middle of Davidson County, N.C. with his parents, his older brother Ranchor and his twin sister Kiki.  From the earliest days we knew Josh would do something exceptional with his life.

Josh always wanted to help people,  wanted to excel in athletics and wanted to draw cartoon characters instead of study.  His athletic excellence earned him all county and all conference his senior year at Lexington High School.

Josh was accepted to Davidson College to play football.  Unfortunately, Josh’s football career was cut short due to an injury.

He then dug his heels in and began studying with a vengeance.  His talent and passion for drawing brought about his decision to major in studio art and art history and then eventually to pursue a master’s degree in architecture at UNC-Charlotte.  Between studying art in Prague, France and NYC, and working as a carpenter, Barnes and Noble book seller and volunteering for Special Olympics and Mighty Mutts, he found his way to his long imagined dream of becoming a Navy SEAL. 

In October of 2001, Josh officially became a SEAL and began SEAL qualification training.  In April in 2002 he was assigned to the SEAL team 4 and then SEAL team 10.  He was then given the honor to join the most elite team-DEVGRU.  He was deployed to Iraq twice and Afghanistan three times. 

In his short time as a SEAL, Josh went on over 100 missions.  Josh loved his family, his community and his country.  He believed strongly he was fighting for our freedom.

On August 31, 2008 Josh gave his life while leading a combat mission on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border.  His visitation and funeral in Lexington, N.C.  were attended by over 1000 people.  He was then buried in Section 60 Site 8393 at Arlington National Cemetery. 

His legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of all who knew him and through the many paintings, charcoals, water colors, collages, and pen and inks that he left for us.  

He was awarded a purple heart, three bronze stars (two with valor), and numerous awards and campaign medals.

He was the type of guy you hoped to have something in common with, the type of guy you wanted to be your friend.

We miss him so much!!!

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