|Norman Walter Davis Harriman|
|Out of universe information|
- "The SG teams just agree that you know, when they send their iris code through the wormhole, they like to know that there's a real person on the other ... other end, someone that they can trust to get it right."
- —Walter Harriman
Norman Walter Davis Harriman is a Chief Master Sergeant at Homeworld Command. He was formerly stationed at Stargate Command. His post was as technician in the Stargate Operations room, responsible for the activities there.
He is trusted with much, and is known to be loyal to his work. He is the one who began the "chevron seven locked" phrase on the Stargate completing its dialing sequence, as part of a way to change things up. He's following the strict protocols in the military, and is known to know exactly what the commanding officer wants, before he even has to say it. This was the fact when Brigadier General Jack O'Neill took command over Stargate Command and seemed to be helpless without him. He also did such actions when Major General Henry Landry succeeded O'Neill as commander of the SGC. As of his promotion to Chief Master Sergeant, he was the Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO) at the SGC. He is married and has two sons. (RPG: "Friends and Foes: Stargate Season Two") (SG1: "Children of the Gods", "Heroes, Part 1", "Heroes, Part 2", "Zero Hour", "Avalon, Part 1")
When the Stargate program was restarted, he dialed Abydos in order for Colonel Jack O'Neill to retrieve Dr. Daniel Jackson. Later, he dialed Chulak for SG-1 and SG-2 to attempt to rescue Sha're and Skaara. (SG1: "Children of the Gods")
When Stargate Command was negotiating with the Aschen, Major Samantha Carter assigned him to search for planets that held a Stargate in a 300 Light year radius of Volia. He discovered that one of the four planets found was P4C-970 that had been locked out of the Dialing computer by Major General George S. Hammond's order a year earlier. (SG1: "2001")
He traveled to Vis Uban with Major General George S. Hammond to run the mission control during the Battle to destroy Anubis' mothership. He evacuated to Earth when Anubis targeted the base with his superweapon. (SG1: "Fallen")
He was aboard the Prometheus when it attempted to make a voyage to the Pegasus galaxy to assess the Atlantis expedition's situation (No one had heard from them since their departure). He was one of the officers offloaded to a Goa'uld Al'kesh by Vala Mal Doran who intended to sell the Prometheus to a fellow arms dealer, Tenat. He and Dr. Lindsey Novak repaired the Al'kesh and followed Prometheus. Eventually, Dr. Daniel Jackson was successful in securing the ship, turning it around to pick up Harriman and the others who were stranded. Prometheus did not make it to Atlantis. (SG1: "Prometheus Unbound")
The Atlantis expedition had an opportunity to send a very brief data transmission to Earth. The "intergalactic e-mail" is successfully sent to Stargate Command and received by Harriman and Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter. (ATL: "Letters from Pegasus")
- In an alternate reality, Walter Harriman worked as a technician in the SGA under the command of Brigadier General Jack O'Neill. His position was similar to the one which he holds in our reality. He was killed by the Jaffa in the service of Apophis who invaded Cheyenne Mountain in 1998. For reasons unknown, he wore civilian clothes in this reality. (SG1: "There But for the Grace of God")
- In another alternate reality, he was at Area 51 working to locate the Wraith that had crashed on Earth in 2009. (ATL: "Vegas")
- In an alternate timeline where the Aschen were present on Earth, he was no longer part of the United States Air Force as there was no need for the military. By 2010, he was the operations tech adviser at the SGC that had now become a museum for people to visit. He discovered Jack O'Neill, Dr. Daniel Jackson and Samantha Carter when they attempted to steal a GDO in order to send a message back in time through the Stargate to their past selves in 2000, thus altering history. (SG1: "2010")
Service Awards and DecorationsEdit
Harriman's rack on his shirt depicts the following decorations:
- Meritorious Service Medal
- Air Force Commendation Medal
- Air Force Achievement Medal
- Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
- National Defense Service Medal
- Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon
- Air Force Longevity Service Award
- Air Force NCO PME Graduate Ribbon
- Air Force Honor Graduate Ribbon
- Air Force Training Ribbon
Behind the scenesEdit
- He was sometimes referred to as Walter Davis, although Harriman is the most commonly used, and the name Walter Harriman is told by the character himself in the episode "Avalon, Part 1".
- His name (Walter) and ability to answer leaders before they even make a request are reminiscent of Cpl. Walter Eugene "Radar" O’Reilly on M*A*S*H.
- The reason for his being called both Walter Davis and Walter Harriman was that, originally, his name was supposed to be Walter Davis but it was changed in season 8 by the show's writers, due to the existence of a "real" Walter Davis in the U.S. Air Force.
- "Norman" was a result of the name "Sgt. Norman Davis" being visible on his uniform during many episodes of SG-1.
- The name "Walter" came from an ad lib made by Richard Dean Anderson during the Season 4 episode 2010.
- He is one of the few characters to have been in all SG-1 season premieres and both the series premiere and series finale.
- Walter and Samantha Carter are the only two characters to appear in every season of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis; and the first season of Stargate Universe. (see: List of Appearances)
- Along with Samantha Carter and Kevin Marks, he is one of only three characters to appear in the final episodes of both Stargate SG-1 ("Unending") and Stargate: Atlantis ("Enemy at the Gate").
- Walter appeared in the series premieres of both Stargate SG-1 ("Children of the Gods") and Stargate Universe ("Air"). The only other characters to do so are Jack O'Neill, Daniel Jackson and Samantha Carter.
- Walter is one of only eight characters to appear in all three series, the others being Jack O'Neill, Daniel Jackson, Samantha Carter, Rodney McKay, Richard Woolsey, Bill Lee and Kevin Marks.
- Along with Jack O'Neill, Daniel Jackson, Samantha Carter, Teal'c, George S. Hammond and Sylvester Siler, he is one of only seven characters to appear in all ten seasons of Stargate SG-1.