Profiles: Korea Era and Later:
Sion "Si" Harrington
Credit: Courtesy of Sion Harrington and the U.S. Army.
"My own father got a college degree because he had been in the Navy [in World War II]. Without the GI Bill, my parents would probably have worked their entire lives in the cotton mill in Erwin, like their parents had."
Sion Harrington III applied his GI Bill funding toward an M.A. in history at NC State, which he completed in 1999. He served as an assistant professor of military science in the Army ROTC program at NC State between 1989 and 1993. Harrington had joined the National Guard in 1970 while a student at UNC-Chapel Hill and served in the army between 1981 and 1993 at Fort Bragg and in Grenada. While working full time at the NC Office of Archives and History in 1996, he was called up for duty in Bosnia-Herzegovina on a NATO assignment to help local authorities prepare for the exhumation of thousands of corpses and their reburial in proper cemeteries. He retired from the Army Reserves in 2000 at the rank of lieutenant colonel.