In May 1941, the draft board in Lake County, Indiana , announced that Harmon had been classified as 1-B and deferred as a student until July 1, 1941.  In July 1941, Harmon was granted a further 60-day deferment based on his claim that he was the sole support for his parents.  In September 1941, he appeared in front of the draft board seeking a permanent deferment.  His request was denied, and he was classified as 1-A. Harmon, then working as a radio announcer in Detroit, stated that he intended to appeal the ruling.  His appeal was denied in October 1941,  and he was given until November 1941 to enlist.