UNION — A veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars will be the guest speaker at Bethel AME Church’s “Veterans Day Worship Service.”
South Carolina native Daniel E. Harper began his military career in 1952 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. According to his biography, after enlisting Harper was deployed to Korea where he took part in the battles on the infamous Pork Chop Hill where some of the most savage fighting of the Korean War took place. In less than 12 months after entering the army he went from being a private to being a sergeant.
Harper also served four tours in Vietnam, first as a MACV advisor to a Vietnamese Ranger battalion and armored cavalry squadron. He was also an acting platoon leader and platoon sergeant with the famed Big Red One of the 1st Infantry Division. While with the 1st Infantry he was seriously wounded and nearly lost both his legs.
In the course of his service Harper was awarded the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars with V devices, three Purple Hearts, and numerous other decorations including two Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Oak Palm. His biography states that Harper is under consideration for the Medal of Honor.
Harper retired from the army in 1975, and recently retired from his second career in the auto industry.
A father of four and grandfather of 10, Harper resides in Temple Hills, Maryland with his wife, Esther Stroy Harper, a member of the 1968 U.S. Olympic Team.
Bethel AME Church’s Veterans Day Worship Service is at 2 p.m. Sunday.
The church invites all to attend and worship with them in observance and honor of all who have served this country in the U.S. Armed Forces.