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Mr. Bill Harlan

Wrong Bill Harlan?

Board Member

Harlan Family
P.O. Box 1654
Independence , Missouri 64055
United States

Company Description: The Harlan Family in America is a non-profit association formed in 1987 to perpetuate and promote the Harlan family heritage and genealogy. Most Harlans/ Harlands/...   more

Employment History

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  • M.A. degree
    University of California , Berkeley
  • B.A. Degree
    University of California , Berkeley
  • M.A.
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Harlan Family Record Spring 2008, 2 May 2014 [cached]
William C. Harlan FORT LEWIS, Washington - First Sgt. William C. Harlan remembers seeing the pothole. He could not see the bomb hidden inside.
Harlan was standing in the squad leader hatch of a Stryker armored vehicle, leading a patrol in Mosul, Iraq. The Stryker passed directly over the pothole and the bomb erupted with massive force, catapulting the 20-ton vehicle several feet into the air.
Harlan was immediately ejected, blasted some 30 feet away.
"A staff sergeant, two vehicles back, he saw me fly out," Harlan recalled of the March 2006 incident. "I looked like a rag doll. He was convinced I was already dead."
The platoon medic, accompanied by soldiers, rushed over to administer first aid. Harlan, though critically injured, remained calm and directed the security and evacuation plan before being taken to a field hospital.
He earned a Purple Heart for his service that day in Iraq. But for leadership demonstrated last year in helping other wounded troops cope with suffering and rehabilitation, Harlan is the 2008 Army Times Soldier of the Year.
Norris was one of several soldiers who nominated Harlan for the honor.
Harlan had returned safely from previous tours in Afghanistan in 2002-03 and Iraq in 1990-91.
"We were all scared because none of us knew what was going to happen," Katy said as tears welled in her eyes. "Our mom told us our dad was hurt really bad, he was blown up, and that he might not pull through."
Harlan was hospitalized stateside for three months. He underwent 16 major surgeries to repair dozens of broken bones in his legs, and torn ligaments in his right knee. He recovered and walks again, and despite lingering physical and mental pain from the injury, elected to continue serving on active duty.
Indeed, even before he was medically cleared for duty, Harlan volunteered to help establish the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Lewis, Wash., a unit designed to help rehabilitate injured combat soldiers. Harlan also volunteered to spend time with the children of fallen soldiers as part of the post's Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).
"I needed to give something back to those who had helped me recover," he said.
Harlan, 39, grew up in Walnut Creek, Calif. He enlisted in the Army at age 20 in part because he wanted to serve his country. He opted against becoming an officer.
"I really decided I had more to offer the Army as an NCO than an officer," he said. "It's a personality thing. You have much more direct influence on young soldiers' lives as an NCO than you do as an officer."
His enthusiasm for the job hasn't been lost on his colleagues. "Leadership from the front, always," Capt. Matthew T. Kirby wrote of Harlan.
Harlan has received numerous awards during his military career, which he began as a mortarman with the 82nd Airborne Division. His Purple Heart and a pair of Bronze Stars adorn the walls of his apartment near Fort Lewis.
Harlan said an investigation into the Stryker bombing indicated the improvised explosive device was likely pressure-triggered and placed there by Sunni insurgents. Still, he said, he would return to Iraq without hesitation. Above all, Harlan said, he hopes his story inspires others. "I look at this as a great thing for all wounded soldiers who have struggled to come back," he said.
Sgt. Harlan's Headquarters Company is Fort Lewis, Washington. His assignment is to the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. He has served two tours in Iraq, in 2005-06 and 1990-91, and in Afghanistan in 2002-03.
Quote from the actual citation naming 1st Sergeant William C. Harlan as 2008 Army Times Soldier of the Year:
"First Sgt. Harlan's enthusiasm for his job is evident to all as he leads from the front. A true American hero who is essential to the continued success of our overall military operations stateside and overseas. We are proud to recognize First Sergeant William C. Harlan, as the 2008 Army Times Soldier of the Year."
For other news stories about Sgt. Will Harlan, visit: or the Web site archives for KTVU, CNN, or Fox News.
The Napa Wine Project, 9 Dec 2010 [cached]
We chose Harlan Estate for this milestone visit because of their well-regarded reputation for quality, the instant name recognition and because of Mr. Harlan's unique personal contributions, influence and history in the Napa Valley over the past 30+ years.
Mr. Harlan went to school at UC Berkeley and his first introduction to the Napa Valley was in 1959 (at this time, Napa served the purpose of weekend getaways for taking his dates from Berkeley). Lured by the natural beauty and eventually by the potential for growing wine grapes his visits became more frequent. His passion for wine started in his teens. Mr. Harlan attended the opening day of Robert Mondavi's winery in 1966 and by this time was already nurturing a dream of owning his own wine estate.
Before Harlan there was Merryvale. This was the first winery to be built after Prohibition in the Napa Valley and Harlan and partners brought this winery back to life in 1983 (he sold his interest in the mid 90's). Before Merryvale there was Meadowood, still one of the most exclusive lodging options in the Napa Valley (also home to the annual Napa Wine Auction). Meadowood was established by Bill Harlan in 1979.
Not to be outdone is Napa's most exclusive "wine club", the Napa Valley Reserve which was also started by Bill Harlan. Located next to Meadowood this is an exclusive invitation only wine club (wine, use of facilities, special events, trips, educational events) with an initiation fee at the time of this review that runs $165,000.
Mr. Harlan purchased his original property in 1984 - at that time, despite being less than 30 years ago, the property was completely forested and covered with native vegetation. The original purchase was 6 acres and this has grown to 240 acres today with 40 acres under vine. Mr. Harlan had the foresight and vision to turn this hillside acreage into a world class "first growth" vineyard of Napa Valley. While his own property was never developed to vineyards - nearby parts of Oakville were certainly had proven terroir including Martha's Vineyard.
Harlan was not in a hurry to push wine to market after purchasing the property. Mr. Harlan's focus on Harlan Estate has always been a long term one - thinking out decades in the future.
They stay lined up until bottling; Harlan does not rack the barrels.
Harlan's produces a second wine called "The Maiden".
Surprisingly Harlan has distribution in about 35 states and 30 countries - yet with a production of only 1800 cases and their price point, distribution is very selective. Locally you can find the wine at times, at several wine shops including 750 Wines and St. Helena Wine Merchants and St. Helena Wine Center (all in the town of St. Helena). Harlan sells direct, but you must be on their mailing list. To join the waiting list, visit:
Bill Harlan interview, Wine Spectator:
Incidentally, the owners of ACME played an important role in getting their initial vintage some quick high end exposure when in 2001 they pitted Hourglass wines against some Napa expensive notables including Harlan, Bryant Family and Screaming Eagle during the week of the Napa Valley wine auction.
Harlan Family Association, 2 May 2014 [cached]
William K. Harlan
William K. Harlan - Board Member
Bill is a fifth-generation Californian and grew up in Watsonville on Monterey Bay.
Bill was educated in local schools and then earned B.A. and M.A. degrees at University of California, Berkeley. In later years he returned and got an Ed. D. at the University of San Francisco. He worked as an English instructor at a large community college, Diablo Valley, in the East Bay since 1964. In 1985 Bill became an administrator and was put in charge of developing a new college campus in San Ramon, just a few miles from where his great-grandfather, Elisha, had grown up in the 1850s. He retired from his administrative position in 1999 when the State formally approved the new college campus he had helped to build.
He and his late wife lived in Walnut Creek for the last 32 years where they raised a son, Will, and daughter, Heather. Will is a sergeant first class in a mortar platoon and will be returning to duty in Iraq very soon. Will has two children, Katy and Andrew, who live in Las Vegas. Heather is a nurse and with her husband, Mike Greenawalt, live with Bill.
Harlan Record Fall 2006, 2 May 2014 [cached]
Pat Harrison Fluetsch & William K. Harlan
William K. Harlan (CA)
CA - William Harlan
Harlan Record Spring 2007, 2 May 2014 [cached]
By William Keith Harlan
William K. Harlan (CA)
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