Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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November 29, 2012

Harper retires from Marine Corps

Parris Island, SC — Sergeant Major Christopher Don Harper, a native of Cordele, will retire in a ceremony here from the United States Marine Corps after 30 years of distinguished and honorable service to the nation on Dec. 7.

Sgt.Maj. Harper joined the United States Marine Corps in December of 1982 and attended Marine Corps recruit training at Parris Island.

During his career, Harper has deployed to regions throughout the globe such as Africa, Southwest Asia, Asia and Europe. A Marine combat veteran, he served two tours in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as supportive efforts in Afghanistan.

Among his military awards is the Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal with a Gold Star and the Navy Achievement Medal.

Sgt. Maj. Harper is married to the formal Linda Faye Johnson, also of Cordele, and they have two sons, Christopher and Ramsey. A 1982 graduate of Crisp County High School, Sgt. Maj. Harper is a proud member of the 1981 football Cougars who finished their regular season undefeated and claimed the 3-AAA region championship.

He is the grandson of the late Mr. Eddie Lee Harper and Mrs. Willie Mae Harper of Cordele and the son of Mrs. Willene Corbin of Cordele, and the late Mr. Jesse McGrady. Mrs. Annette Stembridge of Cordele is his mother-in-law.

His last assignment and billet was the Command Sergeants Major of Marine Corps Logistics Command.

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