Harwell, Ernie



Harwell, Ernie


William Earnest Harwell




Mr. Harwell enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1942, as he was confident he would be drafted regardless. Initially serving as a military journalist in Washington, D.C., he was sent to the Pacific Theater to report on the Japanese surrender. In 1945, he also traveled to China to report on Japanese war crime allegations in that country. After returning to the United States and his discharge from the Marine Corps, Harwell would go on to broadcast games for the Detroit Tigers for over forty years. Known as the "Voice of the Tigers" Harwell is still honored today by the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit.

Exact Date

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Date Span

Service Dates: 1942-1946
Dates of Service


Enlisted; United States Marine Corps; 59th Replacement Battalion, Leatherneck Magazine; World War, 1939-1945; United States; Japan; Sergeant; Veterans; Oral History


Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Original Object Type

MiniDV Tape

Collection Location

018.VHP 2/17

Digital Object File Type


Date Digital File Created

October 2021

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