Harold France of Tappan, N.Y.
Harold France grew up on Marsellus Place, just a block from the Holy Name Church in Garfield, N.J., where he became a baritone player for the Holy Name Cadets at the age of 12. He remained in the corps until he turned 18 and joined the U.S. Marine Corps.
Immediately following training, Harold shipped out to the South Pacific, serving in artillery defense. He was sent to Guam in June 1944 where he participated in the D-Day landing and then later shipped to Guadalcanal.
In 1945, he made landing in Okinawa and participated in the cleanup operations after the Japanese surrender.
Upon his return to the U.S., Harold earned his bachelor’s degree in music education in 1950. He then returned to the U.S. Marine Corps for boot camp training as an officer’s candidate in the field of communications.
In 1952, he went to reserve status and continued his education, obtaining two master's and a doctorate degree.