Harrison R. Thyng was born April 12, 1918, in Laconia, New Hampshire. The nickname
“Harry” was bestowed on the young man when he started school. An avid athlete, Harry lettered
in baseball, track and football at Pittsfield High School. At the University of New Hampshire, he
graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1939. Having completed four years of Army ROTC he was
commissioned as a second lieutenant in the infantry.