MORRIS, JOHN ROBERT, Second Lieutenant, # 0-721839, USAAF
John R. Morris was born on 20 June 1921 in El Paso, Texas to Henry Madison Morris (1894-1955) and Emily Ida (Hunter) Morris (1899-1983). His mother, residing at 1316 Cleburne Street, Houston, TX, recorded him as a missing Jewish serviceman. Siblings included Henry Madison Morris Jr. (1918-2006), and Richard Stanley Morris (1923-1982). The 1940 census shows his mother working as a stenographer; divorced; 108 Berkshire, Bellaire, Texas.
He registered for the WWII draft on 16 February 1942, resided at 1316 Cleburne, Houston, Texas, employed by the Houston Compress Co., and described himself as 5'10", 145 lbs, and brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF on 12 October 1943 in Texas. He completed flight instruction and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was filling in as a radio operator for his friend’s mission the date he died. On 9 August 1944, a C-47A, # 42-933767, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combar Cargo Group, 12th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Moran, India, at 0630 hours on a cargo mission to Myitkyina, Burma. It was last heard from near Ledo, India, at about 0730 hours. The crashed aircraft was reached at 1345 hours, 17 November 1944, by an Air Jungle Rescue Unit ground search party, 10th Air Force. It was located at 140º from Auche, Burma, at 25º 37’ North & 97º 2 ½’ East (map coord. SC7274). Four crew and two passengers aboard at time of crash. The body of 1stLt Ralph Austin Burson, 0-1551813, 90th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter Group, was not found and he is categorized MIA. His remains were recovered and are buried in Forest Park Cemetery, Houston, Texas.
His father, born 12 April 1894 in Sealy, Austin Co., TX, served during WW I, a Master Signalman & Master Signal Electrician (part of a wire platoon), service # 1114184, from 24 June 1917 to 15 March 1919, U.S. Army Signal Corps, 7th Service Co. (Honorable Discharge). Due to the nature of trench warfare, lrge numbers of signals oldiers were required to keep communication lines operational. The Allies adopted the British and French Signals methods of operation. He died on 28 December 1955 and is buried in the Forest Park Cemetery. Although possibly not related, a Henry Madison Morris, born in 1824, Georgia, died on 6 August 1890, in Sealy, Austin Co., Texas (Sealy Cemetery).
His brother, Henry M. Morris Jr., born 6 October 1918, led an exceptional Christian life. He was co-founder of San Diego Christian College (Christian Heritage Colleg). He authored several books and believed and taught the Word of God. Henry M. Morris, III, Tim F. LaHaye and John C. Whitcomb gave tributes at his memorial service He died on 25 February 2006, in Santee, San Diego Co., California. He was survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary Louise (Beach) Morris, 5 children, 17 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.