JOHN N MORRIS
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HONORED ON PANEL 9E, LINE 25 OF THE WALL

JOHN NATHAN MORRIS

WALL NAME

JOHN N MORRIS

PANEL / LINE

9E/25

DATE OF BIRTH

08/17/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/15/1966

HOME OF RECORD

MELDRIM

COUNTY OF RECORD

Effingham County

STATE

GA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

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LEFT FOR JOHN NATHAN MORRIS
POSTED ON 8.7.2022
POSTED BY: ANON

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Never forgotten.

Semper Fi, Doc
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POSTED ON 8.12.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

Never Forgotten

Semper Fi, Doc
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POSTED ON 12.10.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear HN John Morris, Thank you for your service as a Hospitalman with the 4th Marines. Semper Fi. Thank you for the lives you saved. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It is 2nd Week of Advent, and this week means peace. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 1.30.2019
POSTED BY: fellow Marine

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'Doc' Morris was assigned to H&S Co, 3rd Bn, 4th Marines, 3rd MarDiv, III MAF
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POSTED ON 2.9.2018
POSTED BY: Rebecca

never forgotten

War Story:
The HMM-265 history states: At 1815, EP-171 was hit by heavy enemy 12.7 automatic weapons fire and subsequently crashed. Both pilots and the gunner survived, with minor burns sustained by the pilots and second and third degree burns by the gunner. Both pilots performed in an outstanding manner while manuevering the burning aircraft toward a landing site. SGT Telfer died despite the efforts of the gunner, SGT Lucus, to save him. The official USMC Vietnam History for 1966 contains a photo of this aircraft taken from LZ Crow by a photographer from Wide World Photo. It clearly shows flames coming from the aft and smoke from the cockpit area while the CH-46 is still at least a 100 feet in the air. On page 165 this history quotes COL Vale, the Infantry battalion CO on the ground at the time: The last helicopter, carrying reinforcements from the 2d Bn, 1st Marines, came under ground fire from the ridge on the south side of the valley. The pilot tried to land in the LZ but as he slowed down and hovered the smoke got into the flight compartment and he had to move forward to keep the smoke out. As a result, he overshot the LZ and after moving over the CP tried to set down again. By this time the helo was rolling and barely remaining airborne. The pilot had to move forward again and then crashed on the edge of the area in which our CP and 81 mortars were set up. Thirteen men died and 3 others were injured in this event.

Operation HASTINGS began with a series of combat assaults by 2nd & 3rd Bns, 4th Marines. LZ CROW, about 10 km N-NW of Cam Lo, was barely large enough for 4 CH-46s. The first landings went OK, then one landed long in the trees, one was shot down, and two had a rotor disc collision in the LZ. Oddly, or perhaps fortuitously, there don't seem to have been any deaths from these 4 aircraft.

A reaction force from 1st Plt, E Co, 2nd Bn, 1st Marines was sent in on CH-46A 152500 to protect the aircraft while the 3rd Bn, 4th Marines went about their affairs. The element aboard 152500 included infantrymen, Corpsmen, and engineers from A/1st Eng Bn whose job it was to see about clearing the LZ. The CH-46 was hit and began burning; it then crashed into the 3/4 Mar command post, killing 2 men from H&S Co, 3/4.

Pfc GOODEN was aboard the helo and died of burns received in the crash; he is miscoded in the CACCF as a ground casualty. LILLY and MORRIS are the two men killed on the ground. They too are miscoded in the CACCF, but the other way around - as passengers. In addition to the 15 men killed in the crash (1 aircrew, 12 pax, 2 on the ground), three other Marines died in the ground fighting. From: Ken Davis.

This record was last updated on 11/11/2008
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