Captain Jennifer Jean Harris, a native of Swampscott, MA, was the first female helicopter pilot assigned to the famed Marine Corps squadron HMM-364 “Purple Foxes.” Jennifer’s commitment to service was most evident in her decision to serve our country, serving three tours of duty in Iraq. She performed her military duties as a Casualty Evacuation pilot flying in and out of combat areas for the emergency evacuation of injured soldiers and Iraqi citizens, saving a countless number of lives.
Jennifer had become widely known as “The Dove”. It seems that people created their own explanations for how and where this nickname originated. According to Jen, while stationed at the Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait in 2003, she would hear some of the enlisted say “There goes the dove”, on her daily exercise runs. She had been told that they said this because they considered her “The prettiest and calmest thing in a war zone.”
On February 7, 2007, Jennifer, along with her crew, was killed in action when the helicopter she was piloting was shot down.
THAT DAY, “THE DOVE” FLEW SO OTHERS COULD LIVE
About The Ride
Our Annual JJ Harris Motorcycle Run is dedicated to keeping alive the memory of USMC Captain Jennifer J. Harris and to pay tribute to all who have sacrificed themselves to protect and defend the United States. Jennifer, like many other American men and women have given special meaning to the title United States Marine. These same Marines live by a set of enduring Core Values that guides them: Honor, Courage, and Commitment.
11th Annual Ride will be held on Aug.18th 2018, at the Wakefield Elks Lodge , 53 Bay State Rd Wakefield Ma. Registration 0900-1100.
Our success is credited largely to our dedicated volunteers, who lend their time, our sponsors and donators, who lend their names and financial/product support to the event.