Left to right: Charlie Connors (Deceased), John DeSantis, Sherman Harrill (Deceased), and Gary Baker (Deceased), all members of the Agena, Okinawa Isshin-ryu Honbu Dojo, 1959-1960
Sherman Harrill was born in May 11th 1941,
Lebanon Missouri. He enlisted into
the United States Marine Corps and in 1959 and was assigned duty to Okinawa.
He was stationed at Camp Courtney near the village of Tengan. He started in
Isshin-ryu from Master Tatsuo Shimabuku who was teaching in Agena located in
Gushikawa. Shimabuku called Harrill "Harru." Harru often tells others that
he was not the best American training in the Agena dojo at the time but Sherm
was not always right.