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John Cary "Red" Morgan
Birth: Aug. 24, 1914
Vernon
Wilbarger County
Texas, USA
Death: Jan. 17, 1991
Papillion
Sarpy County
Nebraska, USA

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Morgan served as a Second Lieutenant, United States Army Air Corps, 326th Bomber Squadron, 92d Bomber Group. He was awarded his medal for service Over Europe, on July 28, 1943. His citation reads-For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty, while participating on a bombing mission over enemy-occupied continental Europe, 28 July 1943. Prior to reaching the German coast on the way to the target, the B17 airplane in which 2d Lt. Morgan was serving as copilot was attacked by a large force of enemy fighters, during which the oxygen system to the tail, waist, and radio gun positions was knocked out. A frontal attack placed a cannon shell through the windshield, totally shattering it, and the pilot's skull was split open by a .303 caliber shell, leaving him in a crazed condition. The pilot fell over the steering wheel, tightly clamping his arms around it. 2d Lt. Morgan at once grasped the controls from his side and, by sheer strength, pulled the airplane back into formation despite the frantic struggles of the semiconscious pilot. The interphone had been destroyed, rendering it impossible to call for help. At this time the top turret gunner fell to the floor and down through the hatch with his arm shot off at the shoulder and a gaping wound in his side. The waist, tail, and radio gunners had lost consciousness from lack of oxygen and, hearing no fire from their guns, the copilot believed they had bailed out. The wounded pilot still offered desperate resistance in his crazed attempts to fly the airplane. There remained the prospect of flying to and over the target and back to a friendly base wholly unassisted. In the face of this desperate situation, 2d Lt. Officer Morgan made his decision to continue the flight and protect any members of the crew who might still be in the ship and for 2 hours he flew in formation with one hand at the controls and the other holding off the struggling pilot before the navigator entered the steering compartment and relieved the situation. The miraculous and heroic performance of 2d Lt. Morgan on this occasion resulted in the successful completion of a vital bombing mission and the safe return of his airplane and crew. (bio by: K) 
 
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 Parents:
  Samuel Asa Leland Morgan (1885 - 1954)
  Verna Johnson Morgan (1885 - 1969)
 
Inscription:
MEDAL OF HONOR
LT COL
US AIR FORCE
WORLD WAR II
KOREA
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 59, Lot 351
 
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Record added: Sep 15, 2003
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John Cary Red Morgan
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- Kathy Pierce
 Added: Jul. 11, 2014
Sir, Thank You sir for your service, this is coming from the 5 Miller brothers who also proudly served Our Country.
- Robert David Miller
 Added: Jun. 12, 2014

- Vonna
 Added: Mar. 1, 2014
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