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August 15, 2018

On this date ...

1953: A Clovis man was back in the United States after being held prisoner more than two years by communists in Korea.

Lt. Col. Thomas D. Harrison was greeted by his family when he arrived in San Francisco from Japan.

"In a long-distance call home Saturday afternoon to her mother, Mrs. Byrle Johnson, Mrs. Harrison said her husband looked 'just fine,'" the Clovis News-Journal reported.

Clovis had declared Aug. 17 "Tommy Harrison Day" and had planned a full day of activity that included music from the air base band and a welcoming party at the Santa Fe Railway station.

'"Welcome home, Tommy' will have a depth of meaning mere words cannot convey," the newspaper declared.

Following his return to Clovis, Harrison was scheduled to report to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.

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