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Earl H. Morris, Great Lakes Naval Training Station, December 1943 [detail]

Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Navy
  • Service Unit/Ship: USS Walke (DD 723)
  • Location of Service: Normandy, France; Mindoro (Philippines); Lingayen Gulf (Philippines); Tokyo Bay, Japan; Okinawa Island (Ryukyu Islands); Pacific Theater
  • Highest Rank: Quartermaster First Class
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/2533

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"We are afraid to get in our bunks so most of us slept on the deck topside. We can man the guns etc quicker." (Diary entry, May 13, 1945)

Earl Morris served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, aboard the USS Walke in both the European and Pacific Theaters. On D-Day, the Walke was in the midst of the action, lobbing bombardments to support the invasion. Later in 1944, she sailed into action in the Philippines, helping to liberate those islands from the Japanese. Morris kept a secret and admittedly illegal diary of the Walke's final action in the war, in the waters near Okinawa. For almost two months in the spring of 1945, he detailed almost hourly enemy kamikaze runs on his and other ships, revealing that the action off Okinawa was just as intense as the battles taking place on land.

[ Photo Album ]

More Resources

[ Letter of Gratitude from the Secretary of the Navy 11/9/45 ]
[ Bound diary ]

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About this Item

Title

  • Earl Harvey Morris Collection

Names

  • Morris, Earl Harvey
  • Jupiter, Lona

Home State

  • Wisconsin

Headings

  • -  Morris, Earl Harvey
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Navy.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Status

  • veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Navy
    • Service Unit/Ship: USS Walke (DD 723)
    • Location of Service: Normandy, France; Mindoro (Philippines); Lingayen Gulf (Philippines); Tokyo Bay, Japan; Okinawa Island (Ryukyu Islands); Pacific Theater
    • Highest Rank: Quartermaster First Class
    • Dates of Service: 1943-1945
    • Military Status: veteran
    • Service History Note: The veteran was present at Normandy Beach (06/05/1944), Ormoc Landing (12/07/1944), Mindoro, Philippines (12/15/1944), Lingayen Gulf (01/06/1945, wounded here), Okinawa (05/1945-07/1945), and Tokyo Bay (09/15/1945).

Materials

  • Manuscript: Correspondence [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 1945-11-09)
  • Manuscript: Diaries and journals [1 item] -- (collected 1945)
  • Photograph: Original photographic print [3 items] -- Photographs (collected 1943-1944)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/2533

Cite as

  • Earl Harvey Morris Collection (AFC/2001/001/2533), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

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Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

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Citing VHP Materials

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Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Morris, Earl Harvey, and Lona Jupiter. Earl Harvey Morris Collection. 1943. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.02533/.

APA citation style:

Morris, E. H. & Jupiter, L. (1943) Earl Harvey Morris Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.02533/.

MLA citation style:

Morris, Earl Harvey, and Lona Jupiter. Earl Harvey Morris Collection. 1943. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.02533/>.