Border Patrol Inspector Garvis Field Harrell

Border Patrol Inspector Garvis Field Harrell

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, April 24, 1944

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Garvis Field Harrell

Border Patrol Inspector Garvis Harrell suffered a fatal heart attack while pursuing an illegal alien along the Rio Grande River near Harlingen, Texas.

He was taken to a hospital in Harlingen where he passed away several hours later.

The man he was chasing was arrested.

Border Patrol Inspector Harrell was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of WWII and had only served with the United States Border Patrol for one month. He was survived by his parents.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 1 month
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Location Texas

foot pursuit, illegal alien

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BPI Harrell,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a BPI but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC during World War I. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

April 24, 2024

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