Vincent J. Harris dead at 79

Former AFRTS exec

Vincent J. “Vinnie” Harris, former Director of Industry Liaison at the Department of Defense’s Armed Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) Broadcast Center, died in his sleep Feb. 10 in Glendale. He was 79.

Harris’ involvement with AFRTS began in 1947, when he was sent to Hollywood to dismantle the Armed Forces Radio at the end of World War II. Instead, he kept Armed Forces Radio intact, providing Stateside radio broadcasts for U.S. servicemen who remained overseas for the next 46 years.

Harris attained the rank of Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves and, upon his retirement in 1993, received the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

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