Bolden Reush Harrison
Seaman, U.S. Navy. For actions at Basilan, Philippine Islands.
September 24, 1911
Bolden Harrison was born April 26, 1886, in Savannah, TN, and is buried there.
A Savannah bridge dedicated in 1981 was named the Harrison-McGarity Bridge for Harrison and another Hardin County Medal of Honor recipient, Vernon McGarity.
While attached to the U.S.S. Pampang, Harrison was one of a shore party moving in to capture Mundang, on the island of Basilan, Philippine Islands, on 24 September 1911. Harrison instantly responded to the calls for help when the advance scout party investigating a group of nipa huts close to the trail, was suddenly taken under point-blank fire and rushed by approximately 20 enemy Moros attacking from inside the huts and from other concealed positions. Armed with a double-barreled shotgun, he concentrated his blasting fire on the outlaws, destroying 3 of the Moros and assisting in the rout of the remainder. By his aggressive charging of the enemy under heavy fire and in the face of great odds, Harrison contributed materially to the success of the engagement.