• Home for the holidays: Marine Corps sergeant major retires after 32 years and visits hometown
By Linda Green

USMC Ret. Sgt. Maj. Harrison Tanksley, right, is shown with his father, Harry Tanksley, during the sergeant major’s Christmas visit to Thomson. Photo by Linda Green.

A Marine returned to Thomson during Christmas after retiring from 32 years of protecting the interests of the United States of America across the world.
Thomson native Harrison L. Tanksley, 50, a sergeant major, retired from active duty Dec. 1 during a service at Camp Pendleton, Calif. An earlier retirement ceremony was held Aug. 29 at his last duty station, where he was the senior enlisted advisor to the commanding general for the military groups in Afghanistan. He received a bronze star for leadership.
“I am just a small town guy from Thomson who was raised by two of the most phenomenal people to ever grace this earth,” Tanksley said, of his father Harry and mother Ida.

To read more on this story, see the Wed., Jan. 1, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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