Technical Sergeant Edward J. Morris
U. S. Army Air Forces
1922 - July 19, 1944
Gold Star Mother Frances Orsak Morris
Headquarters, Eighth Air
Force--Award of the Air Medal for "exceptionally meritorious
achievement while participating in six separate bomber combat
missions over enemy occupied Continental Europe" to Tech. Sgt.
Edward J. Morris, 21, of Midfields, Texas, was announced recently
"somewhere in England."
Sergeant Morris is a top turret gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress.
The Daily Tribune,
Monday, June 26, 1944
Award of the Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal for "exceptionally meritorious achievement while participating in six separate bomber combat missions over enemy occupied Continental Europe" to Tech Sgt. Edward J. Morris, 21, of Midfield, Texas, was announced recently "somewhere in England."
Parents' address: Mr. and Mrs. John Morris, Midfields.
A top turret gunner on a B-17 Flying fortress Sergeant Morris has 12 bombing missions to his credit. He had previously received the Air Medal upon completing an earlier series of operations.
The Daily Tribune,
Monday, July 3, 1944
Mrs. John Frances Morris, mother of T/Sergeant Edward J. Morris of Midfields, received a laconic message from Washington telling her that her son was missing in action in Europe. The telegram read:―"The Secretary of War desires me to express his deep regret that your son, Technical Sergeant Edward J. Morris has been reported missing in action since nineteen July over Germany. If further details or other information is received you will be promptly notified." Signed: The Adjutant General
Just prior to this Mrs. Morris had received a note from her son and it carried news of a raid over Germany.
"On April 24, 1944," the message read, "the 41st Combat Wing under your command, executed a highly successful attack on important enemy airfields at Oberpffenhofen and Lansberg in southeastern German. The 41st "A" Combat Wing, comprised of two groups from the 379th bomb group and one from the 303rd Bomb group: and the 41st "B" Combat Wing, comprised of the 384th, 306th and a composite of the 384th-303rd Bomb Groups. On this operation, despite heavy losses, the 41st Combat Wing, under the leadership of Brigadier General Robert F. Travis, distinguished itself by penetrating throughout unusually severe resistance from enemy fighters and antiaircraft fire and bombing its objectives with excellent results."
The citation continued and at the end of the mimeographed sheet on which this was written, Sergeant Morris noted in pencil that he had engaged in this operation.
The Bay City Tribune,
Thursday, August 10, 1944
A Memorial service was held Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the Blessing Catholic church for T/Sgt. Edward J. Morris, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Morris, of Midfield, who has been missing in action in Germany for the past several months.
Upon direction from the United States War department, the service was held and was presided over by Rev. Fr. Baumann of the Blessing church, Rev. Fr. A. Webber former pastor at Blessing, and Rev. Fr. Joseph Halama.
A detail of enlisted men and officers from Foster Field, Victoria, assisted in the rites. The American Legion post of El Campo, was in charge of the flag ceremony and the color guards.
Members of Bay City Post No. 11, American Legion, responded to the invitation of the El Campo Post to take part in the ceremonies.
Following the memorial ritual, the El Campo Legion presented Mrs. Morris, mother of the deceased, with a beautiful United States flag.
A Bugler from Foster
Field sounded "Taps" and the tribute of the firing squad was in
charge of the Foster Field detail.
[Editor's Note: T/Sgt.
Morris was first interred at St. Avold Cemetery, Metz France and was
reinterred at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis
Requiem mass for Mrs. Frances Orsak Morris was held Monday, February 3, at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Jerome Stryk of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Blessing, officiating. She was laid to rest beside her husband, John K. Morris, who preceded her in death on June 16, 1958.
Born April 12, 1886, in Fayette County, Texas, a daughter of Paul and Martha Danek Orsak, she had been a resident of Palacios for 23 years. She passed away Saturday February 1, in Wagner General Hospital after a lingering illness.
Rosary was recited Sunday night at 7 p.m. at the Palacios Funeral Home.
She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. George (Betty) Kana; four sons, Louis of Point Comfort, Willie of Damon, Emil of Blessing and Alvin of Lake Village, Ark.; one sister, Mrs. Rudy Vanek of Ganado; one brother, Jim Orsak of San Angelo; 16 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
February 5, 1969
John K. Morris died Sunday, June 15, in a nursing home in El Campo after a lingering illness.
A retired farmer and a resident of Palacios for 23 years, he was born November 28, 1888.
Rosary was recited at the Palacios Funeral Home Monday evening at 7:30. Requiem Mass was held Tuesday, June 18, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. V. J. Bily of Sweet Home, officiating. Interment was in the Palacios Cemetery.
Pallbearers were six of his grandsons, Johnnie, George, Lawrence and Bobby Lee Morris, Edward and Joe Kana.
Surviving are his wife, Frances Morris of Palacios; one daughter, Mrs. George Kana, of Palacios; four sons, Louis Morris of Point Comfort, Willie Morris of Damon, Emil Morris of Blessing and Alvin Morris of Lake Village, Arkansas; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Dulack of West and Mrs. Annie Fraek of Waco and one brother, Herman Morris of Waco.
Palacios Beacon, June
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Present by Carol Sue Gibbs
Jan. 30, 2006
Aug. 8, 2007