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Published: Friday, July 27 2012 10:06 p.m. MDT

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Rock Of The Marne
Phoenix, AZ

My condolences to his family; rest in peace brother. To the DNew a little military education. Petty Officer = Navy. Navy = Sailor. Army = Soilder. Marines = Marine. Air Force = Airman.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Please learn and use the correct terminology when referring to service members.

Petty Officer Third Class Harris was a member of the U.S. Navy, and should be referred to as a "sailor" with lower case s. He was assigned to a Marine Corps unit as a Hospital Corpsman because the Navy provide all the medical personnel to the Marine Corps. Members of teh Marine Corps are always called (at least in polite company "Marines" and it is always with the upper case M, unlike the other services.

By the way, he was assigned to a "Recon" unit, and those are some serious butt kicking folks, even tougher and more trained than most Marines.

In any case, we can all join in saluting HM3 Harris and thanking him, and his family, for being such an outstanding member of the Navy, and risking his life to defend us. To have died in a simple traffic accident is a real tragedy for all concerned.

Where do we get men like this?

Navy spouse
Camp Lejeune, NC

DN- If you are going to mention a military service member... then get it right.
HM3 Neil Harris was a Navy sailor- serving on a Marine base. There are no Navy bases in North Carolina.

Oh My Heck!
Vernal, UT

My condolences to the family of this serviceman, especially his new bride, and his mother. I hope you can find some peace and solace in knowing he loved what he did, and his death was a tragic accident. It seems so ironic that he could go through a deployment safely, and then die doing something as ordinary as riding a bike. My best wishes to you.

As others have commented above, soldiers are only in the Army. My son is a soldier who is stationed in Afghanistan. My older son was a Marine who served in Iraq in 2003. My grandson was a sailor on a ship that rescued another ship from Somali pirates 2 or 3 years ago. Perhaps an acceptable way to have written the title to this article would have been, "Serviceman with Utah ties...." It is surprising how many people call all service personnel "soldiers". Might seem picky to be concerned about this, but for those of us who have family in the armed forces, the differences are important. I am very proud of my soldier, my Marine, and my sailor.

Tacfire05
Thayne, 00

Also, I think the caption under his photo needs serious correction. The D-news must have been dictating this story on a voice-recognition program, 'cause the term I think you wanted was "Petty" officer, not tidy officer! Thanks for the previous comments about soldiers, airmen, sailors and marines, as each branch are rightfully entitled to specialty pride! Thank you all for your valiant service.

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