Morris, Harry Simond, TMC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
TM-0000-Torpedoman's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Torpedoman's Mate
Primary Unit
1939-1942, TM-0000, USS Rigel (AD-13)
Service Years
1903 - 1958
TM-Torpedoman's Mate
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Home State
New York
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Year of Birth
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Last Address
San Diego, CA

Date of Passing
Jun 29, 1975
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
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 Duty Stations
Continental NavyUS NavyUSS S-42 (SS-153)
  1904-1904, United States Frigate Alliance
  1905-1905, USS Topeka (PG-35)
  1905-1905, USS Dixie (AD-1)
  1906-1906, USS Kearsarge (AB-2)
  1908-1910, USS Columbia (C-12)
  1910-1910, USS Colorado (ACR-7)
  1912-1912, USS Downes (DD-45)
  1913-1913, USS Maryland (ACR-8)
  1913-1913, USS South Dakota (ACR-9)
  1913-1913, USS Dolphin (PG-24)
  1915-1915, USS Melville (AD-2)
  1918-1918, USS Rathburne (DD-113)
  1918-1918, USS Talbot (DD-114)
  1919-1919, TM-0000, USS Winslow (DD-53)
  1925-1925, TM-0000, USS S-42 (SS-153)
  1936-1939, TM-0000, USS Winslow (DD-359)
  1939-1942, TM-0000, USS Rigel (AD-13)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1899-1902 Philippine-American War
  1899-1902 Philippine-American War/Second Philippine Insurrection
  1905-1905 Cuban Pacification (Second Occupation of Cuba)
  1907-1909 Cruise of the Great White Fleet
  1915-1934 US Occupation of Haiti
  1917-1918 World War I
  1926-1933 US Occupation of Nicaragua
  1927-1933 US Occupation of Nicaragua
  1941-1945 World War II
  1950-1953 Korean War
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  March 1948 Navy Times Article1
  ALL Hands Magazine Article December 1964
  Jul 24, 1934, Re-enlisted
  Jan 05, 1939, Transferred From USS Winslow to USS Chaumont For Further Transfer to USS Rigel
  Jan 14, 1939, Received on the USS Rigel From USS Winslow
  Aug 16, 1939, Promoted to TM1c
  Jul 23, 1941, Re-enlisted
  Apr 21, 1942, Transferred From Pearl Harbor For Futher Transfer Destroyer Base San Diego
  Nov 01, 1942, Promoted to TMC Unknown Date (late 1942~ early 1943)
  Jul 04, 1943, Transferred to advance base naval units called LION
  Mar 16, 1948, Received on the USS Dixie for Duty
  Nov 01, 2016, General Photos7
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Last Known Activity

TMC Harry S. Morris, USN (Ret.) enlisted in 1903 at the age of 15. He was part of the Apprentice Boy program and was the only active duty sailor entitled to wear a knot symbol on his uniform.He Harry S. Morris enlisted at Newport, Rhode Island on 3 April 1903 as an Apprentice 3rd Class. After 11 months of Newport, he boarded the Revolutionary war frigate Alliance for his training cruise. This same sailing ship was the one used by Benjamin Franklin when he made one of his visits to France in Colonial days. From the Alliance, Morris went to the West Indies on the USS Topeka. In 1905, Morris was aboard the USS Dixie which made a cruise to Algeria to photograph the total eclipse of the sun. It was the first American man-of-war the Arabs had seen. Electricity and ice produced by the ship was also another first for the Arabs, who were astounded by the light which could be turned off and on and ice, which was something out of their world. During his time in the military, Chief Morris believed that he was the only enlisted man ever to receive the honor of a seven gun salute intended for an American consul. In 1906 when an earthquake demolished most of Kingston, Jamaica, his ship the USS Kearsarge was ordered there with food and medical supplies for the many victims. While ashore on a rescue mission, Morris' ship got underway without him. He later received word to telegraph to report to the American consul for duty until he could meet his ship once more. Upon reporting to the consul he found him undergoing treatment for a broken back suffered during the earthquake. For 11 months Morris was the consults right-hand man. When Secretary of the Navy Victor H. Metcalf arrived at Jamaica aboard the U.S. gunboat Yorktown, Morris in the consults boat started out to meet him. Upon seeing the American consular flag flying from the approaching boat the Captain of the Yorktown immediately ordered the traditional seven gun salute which this important personage rated. It isn't recorded whose face was the redder, the captain's or Morris, when the latter enlisted man stepped aboard in all his glory.

In 1937 the U.S. Navy classified him as an "old timer" and yet he continued to serve for another 20 years. He was stationed on battleships, cruisers, torpedo destroyers, and submarines. He also served in the "Great White Fleet" from 1907-1908, a US Navy program fostered by then President Teddy Roosevelt. The Great White Fleet was a worldwide round the world cruise performed by 16 US Navy battleships of the Atlantic Fleet. Chief Morris was the founder of the Great White Fleet Association which held annual reunion dinners to commemorate the cruise at the U. S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego.

During WWII, he was 55 years of age when he was part of a crew to help raise all but two of the vessels lost at Pearl Harbor.

He retired on January 31, 1958 at the age of 70. He had served 55 years in the Navy and spent 41 of those years on sea duty.

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