FORT GORDON, GA -- A private memorial service for Sgt. Taurean T. Harris, killed Aug. 2 in Kala Gush, in Afghanistan, after a roadside bomb exploded, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 at Barnes Ave. Friendship Chapel.
Fort Gordon Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Foley said, "We are always saddened by the loss of any member of America's military. The loss is even more deeply felt when it involves a member of our Fort Gordon family. Each casualty is a reminder of the cost paid to preserve freedom."
Lt.Col. John Birdsong, Sgt. Harris's commander (Task Force Lightning commander) said, "We are greatly saddened by the loss of Sgt. Harris. He had many friends who remember him as a big man with a bigger heart.
"We will continue to honor his selfless sacrifice through our continued commitment to provide for a stable Afghanistan that no long harbors terrorists."
Sgt. Harris, 22 of Liberty, MS, had been with the 202nd Military Intelligence Brigade for almost a year, before he deployed with Task Force Lightning, which contains elements of the 202nd MI Battalion and Army Reserve, Navy and Air Force personnel.
Task Force Lightning left Fort Gordon for Afghanistan in early December 2006. Their scheduled return is December 2007.
Sgt. Harris entered the Army in June 2003 and went to basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. He came to Fort Gordon in October 2006.
A utility equipment repairer, Harris holds a Global War on Terrorism Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, Army Combat Action Medal, and a Good Conduct Medal.
He is survived by his mother, Yolanda Wagner, and a 22-month-old daughter, Tiana Marie Harris, both of Liberty, MS and his father, Cecil Arnold Harris.