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James M. Harmon, rural carrier, Lebanon, received his million-mile award for reaching 30 years without a motor vehicle accident. Harmon has a total of 34 years of postal service not counting his two years of active duty military service with the Army.
Harmon was born and raised in Marion County and has lived and worked on the same farm for the last 68 years. He is married to Nancy Harmon, his wife of 43 years, who is the current postmaster of St. Mary. They have two children, Amanda and Matthew.
Harmon graduated from Lebanon High School in 1961 and immediately went to work as a farmer and milk truck driver for Swift & Co. From 1965 to 1967, he joined the Army and served his country as a Vietnam Veteran. After returning from Vietnam, he continued to farm and work as a milk truck driver for Armour until 1977 when he began his postal career as a rural substitute carrier. He carried multiple routes from 1977 to 1983.
He was the primary carrier on an auxiliary route from 1983 to 1989 until he made full time. Since becoming a full time carrier in 1989 he has been the regular carrier on three different routes until 1990 where he continues to carry the same route today.
Harmon still actively farms in his spare time. Due to his safe driving record he has also been nominated for the 2011 USPS Safe Driver of the Year Award.