John W. Morris
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|John Woodland Morris II|
Lieutenant General John W. Morris
September 10, 1921|
Princess Anne, Maryland
|Died||August 20, 2013
Wilmington, North Carolina
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1943–19??|
|Commands held||Chief of Engineers (1976–1980)|
|Awards||Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3 OLC)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
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.
Awards and decorations
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. In 1996, he received the Carroll H. Dunn Award of Excellence from the Construction Industry Institute.
- Army Distinguished Service Medal
- Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters
- Bronze Star
- Defense Meritorious Service Medal
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- 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
- Construction Industry Institute Archived 2015-01-06 on Wayback Machine.. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
- This article contains public domain text from "Lieutenant General Joseph K. Bratton". Portraits and Profiles of Chief Engineers. Archived from the original on June 19, 2005. Retrieved August 22, 2005.
William C. Gribble, Jr.
|Chief of Engineers
Joseph K. Bratton