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Harrison, Balance of Terror

Harrison in 2266

For the flight officer aboard the SS Beagle, please see William B. Harrison.
For the actress, please see Gracie Harrison.

Lieutenant Harrison was a male Human Starfleet officer in the 23rd century. He served aboard the USS Enterprise from 2266 to 2269 under the command of Captain James T. Kirk, during the historic five-year mission. In 2267, he was a technician (first class), then later that year he was a lieutenant.

Harrison, wearing a blue sciences division Starfleet uniform, was part of the bridge staff during a 2266 encounter with the First Federation ship Fesarius. Harrison was one of many bridge crewpeople who were violently ejected from their seats when Enterprise was forced to destroy Balok's radiation-emitting space buoy. (TOS: "The Corbomite Maneuver")

Harrison was working in a corridor during the encounter with Harry Mudd and his "cargo". He took a good look at the women as they walked by. (TOS: "Mudd's Women")

Harrison, Sulu and McCoy, The Naked Time

Harrison (left) restrains Sulu while McCoy works

Harrison was working in the biopsy lab in 2266 when Enterprise personnel were afflicted with an intoxication from Psi 2000. Upon McCoy's request for Harrison's report, an unnamed crewperson began laughing hysterically over the speaker. Harrison was later at his post in sickbay (wearing a sciences blue jumpsuit uniform) helping to restrain Hikaru Sulu while McCoy tested antidote serums. (TOS: "The Naked Time")

In battle with a Romulan Bird-of-Prey around stardate 1709, Harrison took over for Stiles at the navigator's console. (TOS: "Balance of Terror")

Conscience standoff

Kodos, Kirk and Harrison held at bay by Lenore

Harrison was part of a security team that responded to a call of trouble at the ship's theater. Lenore Karidian stole Harrison's phaser to hold Enterprise crewpeople at bay. She accidentally discharged the weapon and killed her father, Kodos. (TOS: "The Conscience of the King")

Harrison space seed

Harrison at his bridge station

When Khan Noonien Singh attempted to take over the ship in 2267, Harrison wore a red operations division uniform while among the crew trapped on the bridge. Kirk's captain's log noted commendations for numerous personnel, including Technician Harrison, who lost consciousness from oxygen deprivation. (TOS: "Space Seed")

Although Harrison was on the bridge, he was the only of the visually accounted for that didn't end up in the briefing room after being incapacitated.
Security team, The Devil in the Dark

Harrison (third from right) and security team

Harrison served on a security team ordered by Lieutenant Commander Giotto to hunt for the Horta on Janus VI. (TOS: "The Devil in the Dark")

Harrison was part of a security detail that beamed down to an unnamed iron-silica planet where Lazarus and anti-Lazarus were found. (TOS: "The Alternative Factor")

Harrison spores

Harrison brawls, maddened by the subsonic transmitter

Lieutenant Harrison, wearing a gold command division uniform, was among Starfleet personnel that beamed down to Omicron Ceti III in 2267. When sub-sonic vibrations were used to irritate the Omicron spore-possessed crewmembers on that planet, Harrison was overcome by the effect and started fighting with Lieutenant Kelowitz and another crewmember. (TOS: "This Side of Paradise")

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Harrison was played by regular TOS extra Ron Veto. Harrison's name was mentioned in "Space Seed", as the camera panned over Ron Veto. In this scene, the name Technician 1st Class Thule was mentioned as the camera panned over actor Eddie Paskey, who generally played Lt. Leslie, and he can be clearly seen wearing his lieutenant braids. Also, the camera has moved past actor Blaisdell Makee, who played Spinelli, by the time his name was mentioned. There is the possibility that Thule was the name intended for Ron Veto, who had no braids on his costume, since the name also refers to an Eskimo culture, indicating a possible Inuit background (the actor was actually of Hawaiian descent). This would be consistent with other character names in the series that are used to describe place of international origin. The other use of his name, in "The Naked Time", did not show Veto when the reference was made, and featured a communications response from Harrison that was dubbed over laughter voiced by John Bellah. Seeing as Veto was seen later in that episode, unaffected, its likely that the voice wasn't Harrison's at all, but rather Bellah's unnamed crewman character intercepting his call. Veto is one of only a few to wear the colors of all three divisions (sciences blue, operations red and command gold), in his various appearances.

Harrison was one candidate rumored to possibly be an antagonist in the film Star Trek Into Darkness. Before the movie was released, a name for the villain was revealed to be "John Harrison", though whether this was his actual name or merely an alias was undisclosed. Star Trek Magazine, in the lead-up to the film's release, speculated a 50% probability that the character would turn out to be Lieutenant Harrison. (Star Trek Magazine issue 172, p. 32)

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