It was later discovered Harriman was killed by friendly fire, but that doesn't make him any less a hero in the eyes of a grateful nation.
His widow told ABC11 Monday that she's excited by the news that Osama bin Laden is dead.
"It's important to me to feel that Stan's death was not in vain," said Sheila Harriman. "And if we don't finish what we started, therefore his death would be in vain. So, this is very important to me and my whole family."
Harriman had a chance to talk with President Bush shortly after her husband was killed.
"What we told president Bush was finish the mission. That was what was most important to ask - to finish the mission. And in our opinion, the mission is well underway to being finished now," she said.
Stanley Harriman was a Special Forces soldier. But like many who are serving in harm's way, he was also a husband, a father and family man. Sheila says bin Laden's death is big news for all military families.
"It's very exciting to all of us to see that our men who are out there - and women that are giving their lives for our country - are working hard to accomplish a goal. And this is just one step for that goal being accomplished. This is very exciting for us. This shows us one more step closer to those spouses, those family members coming home," she said.