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ROBERT JOHN MORRIS JR


is honored on Panel 1W, Line 105 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 7/24/17 - by Dennis Wriston
    Captain Robert John Morris Jr., Served with the 716th Bomb Squadron, 307th Strategic Wing, Strategic Air Command.
  • My friend, Bob Morris

    Posted on 9/27/15 - by Charles J. (Pete) McCarn cjmc@pinoakadvisors.com
    Bob was always polite, considerate and, above all, honorable. He and I lived in the same apartments in New Braunfels, TX and shared rides to Randolph AFB.

    He was a grand guy who, during inprocessing, discovered that we had an apartment very close to them and offered to check in with Ellen and be sure that she was settling in well. We were, of course in the same class and we both suffered from the usual ear blocks and so forth. He, and Howard Maxwell and I became good friends. Howdy and I were dumbstruck when we heard of the Christmas Raids and the loss of such a fine man.

    Due to the Privacy Act, none of us were able to find Nancy to offer our condolences. I would love to hear from her to find out that she is well and happy. They had two children, I believe, and a dog named Atticus,,who could lick the last drop from the bottom of a Lone Star Longneck...Incredible.

    This was a fine man and an inspiration to us all...calm in adversity, strong in character, and dearly missed by all. I would love to hear from Nancy, if she would be willing. I have thought of that family very often.

    Blessings to all who mourn great men...

    Charles J. (Pete) McCarn
    205.871.0591



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  • A tribute to a very brave man

    Posted on 5/22/15 - by Barry Hughes
    I'm not an American, but being British I consider myself kin. I just wanted to share a description of this heroic man's final mission.

    The story I have posted below is a tale of exceptional bravery; it shows an officer who accepted a dangerous mission, who was aware of increasing danger to his cell, who refused to abandon his brothers in arms despite good cause, and who paid the ultimate price to complete his mission.

    He was a true hero from a land of heroes. I offer him my deepest respects and salute his memory.

    The following is a description of this hero's final flight that I found on-line. The only attribute I can give for the description is that it was written by a man named Mark on a blog called 'My Life in a Turbulent Decade'. Mark gives an astonishing insight into a brave man's final mission.

    I post Mark's words here in the hope that this officer's sacrifice will never be forgotten. Please take five-minutes to read it, remembering that for our tomorrow, this brave man gave his today.

    Tribute to Ebony 02
    A Tribute to the Memory of EBONY 02 B-52D s/n 56-0674 26 December 1972 On the night of December 26th, day eight of Linebacker II, a three ship cell of B-52Ds, call sign EBONY, prepared to taxi into position for takeoff at U-Tapao Air Base, Thailand, home of the 307th Strategic Wing. Each aircraft carried a mix of 500 lb and 750 lb bombs, with a total bomb load of 108 bombs each. Their target was the railroad yard at Giap Nhi, North Vietnam. Captain Robert Morris and his crew, on TDY from the 449th Bombardment Wing, Kincheloe AFB, Michigan, were scheduled to fly as Ebony 03, but just before they were to taxi they were told that Ebony 02 had aborted. As they moved up to the number two slot they were informed that there would be no Ebony 03. As Capt. Morris taxied out, his gunner radioed that he was sick and would have to be replaced. Morris called for a replacement and gunner Jim Cook took the call. Morris’s co-pilot, Robert Hudson, remembered “a truck pulled up and a guy got out and ran to the rear of the aircraft. I got a “door open” light from the gunner’s position. The light went out and a strange voice said “I’m in, let’s go”. The maintenance crews of the B-52 force at U-Tapao had been doing a magnificent job, but the aircraft had been stretched to the limit and finally began to break. Six bombers aborted on the ground; there were only two spares, so only thirty-eight B-52s from U-Tapao flew the mission that night. With the aborts the U-Tapao aircraft now had four cells of two rather than three aircraft, and there was some discussion about whether to fly the two-ship cells alone or to move them up and add them to a three-ship cell, making a five-ship cell. The argument for the combined electronic counter measures jamming of a five-ship cell would seem to have made the choice easy, but SAC had no procedures for a five-ship cell, and rather than do something wrong, opted to do nothing and four two-ship cells from U-Tapao – call signs Ash, Rainbow, Brown and Ebony – headed for Hanoi. As Ebony 02 climbed out, the engine fire light came on for engine number seven and co-pilot Robert Hudson looked outside and saw that the engine was on fire. The gunner confirmed that “crap was coming out of the engine.” Capt. Morris pulled out of formation, took care of the problem and started talking about what to do. The discussion centered on the fact that if aborted, Ebony 01 would have to go alone – almost sure suicide. The decision was made to press on. Power to number two engine was cut back to 60 percent and the aircraft finally caught up to Ebony 01 just as he turned towards Hanoi. As the cell approached their target, they were tracked by the 76th and 78th Missile Battalions of the 257th Missile Regiment, North Vietnam Air Defense Command. Each battalion fired two SA-2 surface-to-air missiles at the formation. As Ebony 02 rolled out to stabilize for the bomb run, the 76th’s first missile missed. As the aircraft steadied, the electronic warfare officer, Major Nutter J. Wimbrow III called “We’re going to be hit.” The 76th’s second missile exploded to the right front of the aircraft, blowing off the radome and radar and blowing out all the windows in the cockpit. The explosion killed Capt. Robert J Morris, Jr. instantly. The co-pilot, 1st Lt Robert Hudson suffered a broken arm and multiple puncture wounds from glass debris. Though wounded, he was able to gain control of the aircraft and its bomb load was released. Seconds later a missile from the 78th hit the dying aircraft in the left wing, flipping the aircraft over on its back. The co-pilot gave the order to bail out. Electronic Warfare Office Wimbrow said he was ejecting and his seat was heard to fire. In the tail of the aircraft the gunner began the cumbersome task of jettisoning the rear turret. He leaned forward and grabbed a yellow T-handle just above his left foot and pulled it toward him. Four explosive bolts fired and the entire back of the B-52 – radar console, guns, everything – fell away. The gunner unstrapped from the seat, grabbed the cloth handles on either side of the compartment, and tried to pull himself through the open hole in the back of the aircraft. A brilliant flash lit up the night sky as Ebony 02 blew up in mid air, and large pieces fell burning to the ground in a scene described later as “looking like fire being poured out of a pitcher.” Major Wimbrow was killed in the explosion. Miraculously, the gunner was blown free from the aircraft from the force of the explosion. Four crewmembers survived: 1st Lt Robert Hudson, co-pilot; Capt Michael LaBeau, radar/navigator; 1st Lt Duane Vavroch, navigator; and TSgt James Cook, gunner. They were all captured and held prisoners of war. All were released and returned after the peace agreement was signed. The names of Robert J Morris and Nutter J Wimbrow III appear on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, panel 1W, Line 105.



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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 2/22/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear Captain Robert John Morris Jr, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • Rememberance

    Posted on 7/19/12 - by Nancy Morris Ochs nochs@calpoly.edu

    I have many wonderful memories of our five years together but tow are very vivid.


    I walked into a small party where Bob was playing the guitar and singing 'noregion wood'. I was hooked, we left together and married six months later.


    I also remember in detail the night the Airforce officers came to the door at 11pm. They told me his plane had been shot down. I was heart broken

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