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William Carl MORRIS (VETERAN WWII)

Cogbill Cemetery
Cross County,
Arkansas

GUNNER'S MATE SECOND CLASS US Navy
World War II
March 21, 1922-February 22, 1973
Merchant Marines

William Carl Morris was one of four children born to Alma Clarence and Mary Garnett Morris. He was born 23 March 1923 in Wynne, Arkansas. He had one brother, Wayne, and two sisters, Alma Laden and Betty. Carl was educated in the Wynne Public School System, leaving before graduation to join the war effort.
Carl entered the Navy 3 Apri11940 and was sent to Norfork, Virginia for boot training. Carl spent most of his six years at sea. He was assigned to the USS TUSCALOOSA, the USS SOUTH DAKOTA, the USS CALIFORNIA and the USS RENDOVA. He was on the battleship USS SOUTH DAKOTA when it received the unusual designation as " Battleship X". The South Dakota was instrumental in shooting down 36 Japanese attack aircraft, thus earning that name. Bill participated in intense naval campaigns at Guadalcanal and Santa Cruz. Carl was discharged 6 Apri1 1946 at the Millington Naval Station, Tennessee.
After his discharge, Carl returned to Wynne and was employed by the Missouri Pacific Railroad for over a year. He joined the Merchant Marines and sailed the seas for some 20 years. His last employment was with the New York Harbor Authority.
William Carl Morris died 22 February 1973 in New York and was buried in Cogbill Cemetery , Wynne, Arkansas.

Contributed on 10/31/08 by rtsgrad
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Submitted: 10/31/08 • Approved: 1/29/11 • Last Updated: 9/16/12 • R90424-G0-S3

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