Service men opened the service by marching up the church aisle with the colors and the national anthem was played. A quartet sang "Nearer My God to Thee," and Rev. James E. Harris gave a prayer and scripture reading. The following obituary was read:
"Lieutenant Morris Paul Maag, youngest son of George and Dora Maag of Wray, was born August 5, 1921 and gave the supreme sacrifice of his life in the defense of his country, somewhere in India on December 1, 1943 at the age of 22 years, 3 months and 26 days. Morris was born at Wray and spent all his childhood days at his home. He completed the grade school at Wray and graduated from Yuma County High School with the class of 1939. He entered college at Fort Collins in the fall of 1939 and continued in school until joining the Army in 1941.
"On June 1, 1942 Morris was united in marriage to Miss Earlena Buchanan at Raton, New Mexico. This marriage was the climax of a courtship during school days at Wray. After spending 14 months as a supply sergeant with the 168th Field Artillery he entered the Army Air Corps on July 14, 1942 and received his silver wings as a pilot and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant at Douglas, Arizona on April 12, 1943. Morris left the states from the air base at West Palm Beach, Florida on June 29, 1943 and was assigned to the 10th Air Force in India with which unit he was serving on combat duty when his plane went down in flames on December 1, 1943."
He was the youngest of six sons of George and Dora Maag and all survive to mourn his passing. The sons are Arthur of McCook, Nebraska, Claude of Peetz, Clarence of Fort Collins, Dale of Tomah, Wisconsin and Ralph of Eaton. These brothers, father, mother and Earlena, wife of Morris, are left to mourn his passing, and the sympathy of the entire community goes out to them in this hour of trial.
E.M. Hedrick sang the Army Air Corps song and T.J. Serafini, his former teacher in Sunday school and high school, gave a beautifully worded address in which he paid honor, not only to Lt. Maag, but to the precepts of liberty and justice which he died defending. He closed by placing a gold star by his name on the church honor roll. There was a memorial prayer by the V.F.W. chaplain and the Commander presented a gold star flag to the chaplain who presented it to Mrs. Maag. Following another hymn and the benediction, taps were played, the colors were retired and the congregation filed past a photograph and memorial to the deceased.
The huge crowd that attended in tribute to his memory and the many beautiful floral tributes paid testimony to these fine qualities of character which Lt. Maag possessed and which made him a favorite in his home town.
The Wray Gazette, 8 March, 1945. "Mrs. Morris Maag Receives D.F.C. for War Hero Husband." At a special ceremony at Lowry Field in Denver yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock Mrs. Morris Maag, the former Earlene Buchanan of Wray, was presented with the Distinguished Flying Cross, posthumously awarded to her husband, Lt. Morris Maag, whose plane was shot down on a mission over Burma late in 1943. Presentation was made by Col. Patrick of Lowry Field. Mr. and Mrs. George Maag, parents of the deceased flyer, and Mrs. Maag's mother, Mrs. Lena Buchanan, went to Denver Wednesday morning to attend the ceremony. When the latter returned last night she was accompanied by another daughter, Mrs. James Darden and baby son.
The Greeley Daily Tribune for 18 and 27 December 1943, reported 2ndLt Morris P. Maag as missing in action.