Couple Finds Keepsakes of Late Georgia Tech President Inside Old Camper

Military keepsakes believed to have been owned by a former Georgia Tech president were found inside an old camper a Canton couple is refurbishing. They want to get the items to the man's survivors.

Dr. Edwin D. Harrison, former president of Georgia Tech. Credit: University website
Dr. Edwin D. Harrison, former president of Georgia Tech. Credit: University website

When a Canton couple purchased an old camper to fix up, they didn’t know it was the beginning of a treasure hunt.

Andrew and Michelle Gunter have been refurbishing a 1978 Apache camper. When Andrew pulled off the covering to an electrical panel he found a box tucked behind it with keepsakes from the World War II era, reports WSB TV.

The heirlooms included silver stars indicating the rank of commander in the Navy, a pistol, a medal awarded to engineers engraved with the name Dr. Edwin D. Harrison. 

Harrison, who died in 2001, was the sixth president of the Georgia Institute of Technology, leading its desegregation efforts in the 1960s without a court order.

“I would think the family would want this and this at the very least back,” Michelle Gunter told the TV station.

She hopes media coverage can put them in touch with Harrison’s survivors to return the memorabilia.

David S February 28, 2014 at 12:21 PM
Silver Oak Leaves are the rank insignia for a Navy Commander. Silver stars, depending on the number, would be some level of Admiral.
Scrumpty a la cart February 28, 2014 at 12:42 PM
David you are correct
Sara Eads February 28, 2014 at 05:08 PM
Want happened to the person who used to be the editor of PATCH? A Ms. Murchison (Spelling?), I believe. Just curious as I thought she was a good editor.
Richelle Murray March 02, 2014 at 02:51 PM
***** They need to contact :Navy Personnel Command (PERSCOM) out of Millington, TN. His obituary: Harrison is survived by his two sons; Robert and Richard; and his four grandsons; Matthew, Michael, Daniel and David. The family, according to Ancestry.com's 1930 census is from Jefferson, Alabama.
wle atlanta II March 03, 2014 at 12:08 PM
'jefferson' is probably jefferson county , the birmingham area wle


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