(courtesy of Larry Gaylord)
Command Sergeant Major
Robert H Morris
Robert H. Morris entered the United States Army in October 1942 at San
Diego, California and served with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment
during World War II in Europe. He participated in the parachute
invasions of Normandy, France on D-Day June 6, 1944 and Nijmegen,
Holland on September 17, 1944 with this Regiment. He also served with
the 508th during the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium in the winter of
1944-45. During most of his time with the 508th he was the Machine Gun
Platoon Sergeant in Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion. The 508th
served as a Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II
commanded by Major General Matthew Ridgeway and Major General James
Sergeant Morris also served tours of duty as Command Sergeant Major at
Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe, the 82nd
Airborne Division and XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, North
Carolina. He also served with the 11th Airborne Division and 101st
Airborne Division. In addition to his overseas tours in Europe, Morris
served in Vietnam and the Dominican Republic.
Sergeant Major Morris retired from active military service on December
31, 1970. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with V
device and three oak leaf clusters, Commendation Medal, Master Parachute
Badge, Combat Infantry Badge with star, French Fourragére, Belgian
Fourragére, Militaire Orde Degree of Knight from Holland, Presidential
Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal with clasp, American Campaign Medal,
Europe-Africa Campaign Medal with 4 battle stars and invasion arrowhead,
WWII Victory Medal, WWII Occupation Medal, National Defense Service
Medal, US Vietnam Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Command Sergeant Major Robert Morris passed away in 1992 and is buried
in the Post Cemetery at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
(courtesy of Irv Shanley estate)
Grave marker for Robert H. Morris in Row 27, 762-A of the
Fort Bragg Main Post Cemetery, Fort Bragg (Cumberland), North Carolina.
Robert enlisted in the Army at Shelbyville, IN on 16
October 1942. As a parachutist volunteer he was assigned to the
508th PIR at Camp Blanding, FL. Once there he was assigned to the
In July 1944 Cpl Morris was appointed to the grade of
Staff Sergeant. He re-enlisted in 1946 as a Technical Sergeant.
Sgt Morris was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge as
well as the Bronze Arrowhead Device for action during Normandy, France
Campaign, 6 June 1944 to 9 July 1944.