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Harlan Family Record Spring 2008
William C. Harlan
FORT LEWIS, Washington - First Sgt.
William C. Harlan remembers seeing the pothole.
He could not see the bomb hidden inside.
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.
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.
was convinced I was already dead."
The platoon medic, accompanied by soldiers, rushed over to administer first aid.
, though critically injured, remained calm and directed the security and evacuation plan before being taken to a field hospital.
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.
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
"Our mom told us our dad was hurt really bad, he
was blown up, and that he
might not pull through."
was hospitalized stateside for three months.
underwent 16 major surgeries to repair dozens of broken bones in his
legs, and torn ligaments in his
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.
also volunteered to spend time with the children of fallen soldiers as part of the post's Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
"I needed to give something back to those who had helped me recover," he
, 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."
enthusiasm for the job hasn't been lost on his
"Leadership from the front, always," Capt. Matthew T. Kirby wrote of Harlan.
has received numerous awards during his
military career, which he
began as a mortarman with the 82nd Airborne Division.
Purple Heart and a pair of Bronze Stars adorn the walls of his
apartment near Fort Lewis.
said an investigation into the Stryker bombing indicated the improvised explosive device was likely pressure-triggered and placed there by Sunni insurgents.
would return to Iraq without hesitation.
Above all, Harlan
story inspires others.
"I look at this as a great thing for all wounded soldiers who have struggled to come back," he
Sgt. Harlan's Headquarters Company
is Fort Lewis, Washington.
assignment is to the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.
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:
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.
, visit: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/332836_grief24.html or the Web site archives for KTVU, CNN, or Fox News
2010 | Rudy Maxa's World with The Careys
Featured guests include Bill Harlan, owner of Meadowood resort and producer of Harlan Estate (along with his wife, Deborah), the highly rated and difficult-to-get red wine that bears his family name; Los Angeles-based chef and restaurant owner Nancy Silverton of Osteria Mozza; and Rom Toulon, sommilier at The Restaurant, the Michelin three-starred restaurant at Meadowood.
Harlan Estate - The Napa Wine Project
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.
went to school at UC Berkeley
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.
passion for wine started in his
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.
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 $155,000.
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.
had the foresight and vision to turn this hillside acreage into a world class "first growth" vineyard of Napa Valley.
own property was never developed to vineyards - nearby parts of Oakville were certainly had proven terroir including Martha's Vineyard.
was not in a hurry to push wine to market after purchasing the property.
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.
produces a second wine called "The Maiden".
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).
sells direct, but you must be on their mailing list.
To join the waiting list, visit: www.harlanestate.com
Bill Harlan interview, Wine Spectator:
During that same time period in ...
During that same time period in early 1986 I met Bill Harlan (managing partner/owner of Meadowood Resort) and agreed to promote croquet at Meadowood in the Napa Valley after the 1986 Shield tour in Great Britain.
actually came over to Sonoma-Cutrer and introduced himself to me in early February, 1986.
said that it would be foolish to build courts and not have someone to promote the game and make them work.
And so he
said if I would come and work at Meadowood he
would go ahead and build the courts.
Brice's offer was not competitive relative to Harlan's
and the potential of the Meadowood venue.
Tom's recollection is not clear, as he
was very pro the development of the sport in any positive way.
left Los Angeles after his
bad car accident he
would never have the joy of playing croquet again in the same way.
was energized by the comradery that surrounded the game.
subsequently became disenchanted and felt awkward with the juggling of the promotional business interests attached with the game at that time.
You know, I don't know how I ever came to know Bill Harlan
And I distinctly remember Bill being up here and [my] courts were built at that time.
MO: Were you involved in the building of those?
TLM: Yeah, and Bill
and I, he
was up at the greenhouses and we talked about the croquet, and I of course was so enthusiastic about it, and he
said, I'm going to do that.
went back to his
partner who had not been killed at that point, I can't think of his
name, who was killed in the helicopter crash, didn't want croquet there, he
wanted the spa there, and the whole idea of the croquet court was just absurd and Bill
said to his
partner it's going to be there, I want it, and so croquet up here was the catalyst....
, once he
mind up that was the end of it.
didn't waste any time.
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GROW YOUR OWN: The founder of Harlan Winery, Bill Harlan, is also the owner of Meadowood and offers an exclusive club for oenophiles.