John W. Morris

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John Woodland Morris II
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Lieutenant General John W. Morris
Born (1921-09-10)September 10, 1921
Princess Anne, Maryland
Died August 20, 2013(2013-08-20) (aged 91)
Wilmington, North Carolina
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1943–19??
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Chief of Engineers (1976–1980)
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3 OLC)
Silver Star
Defense Meritorious Service Medal

John W. Morris (September 10, 1921 – August 20, 2013) was an American Lieutenant General who became Chief of Engineers.

Morris was born in Princess Anne, Maryland. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in June 1943 and was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers. During World War II he commanded an airfield construction company in the Western Pacific. After the war he served in the Philippines and Japan, in the Corps' Savannah District, and as area engineer at Goose Bay, Labrador.

In 1960–62 he commanded the divisional 8th Engineer Battalion in Korea. Morris headed the Corps' Tulsa District in 1962–65 as it improved navigation on the Arkansas River. During the peak years of the Vietnam War, he was the Army's Deputy Chief of Legislative Liaison (1967–69), and he commanded the 18th Engineer Brigade in Vietnam (1969–70). He was then Missouri River Division Engineer for two years, the Corps' Director of Civil Works for three years, and Deputy Chief of Engineers in 1975–76. As Chief of Engineers, Morris convinced the Army to include the Corps of Engineers among its major commands. Morris obtained a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Iowa. He died in 2013, aged 91.[1]

Awards and decorations[edit]

His military awards included the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. General Morris was selected Construction's Man of the Year for 1977 by the Engineering News-Record for his work to oversee $17 billion in construction in Saudi Arabia.[2] In 1996, he received the Carroll H. Dunn Award of Excellence from the Construction Industry Institute.[3]


  1. ^ "JOHN W. MORRIS II". The Washington Post. 25 August 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Lewis, Scott (April 20, 2015), "ENR Marks 50 Years of Excellence", Engineering News-Record, New York: Dodge Data & Analytics, vol. 274 no. 11, pp. 42–56, ISSN 0891-9526 
  3. ^ Construction Industry Institute Archived 2015-01-06 on Wayback Machine.. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
Military offices
Preceded by
William C. Gribble, Jr.
Chief of Engineers
Succeeded by
Joseph K. Bratton