|Birth: ||Dec. 1, 1917|
|Death: ||Apr. 9, 1943, China|
HOOSIER FLIER DIES
IN ASIATIC ZONE
Plainfield, Ind., April 26.--(Special)--The War Department today advised Mr. and Mrs. Everett D. Heald of near Plainfield, that their son, First Lieutenant Morris E. Heald, 24 years old, was killed in an airplane crash in the Asiatic theater of war on April 9.
He was the fiance of Miss Margaret Rainey of Indianapolis, the family revealed today.
Lieut. Heald, who attended the Friends' Boarding School at Barnesviolle, O., was graduated from the advanced flying school at Brooksfield, Texas, in February, 1942, and had served at various flying fields and bases in this country.
He had been overseas more than a month and a recent letter revealed he was serving in China.
Besides the parents, survivors are four brothers, one of whom is in service at Camp Grant, Illinois, and a sister, Miss Mamie Heald, who is vocational home economics teacher in the schools here.
A cablegram, sent April 2, describing his condition as "safe" was the last word Miss Margaret Rainey received from Lieut. Morris E. Heald. She has been engaged to Lieut. Heald since February when she visited him while he was in training with the Army Air Force at West Palm Beach, Fla. She also received a letter from him the last week in March revealing that he was serving in China.
Lieutenant Morris Elwood Heald was born December 1, 1917 southwest of Plainfield, Indiana. He attended the Sugar Grove school six years and finished his grade school education in the Plainfield public school. After two years of training in the Plainfield high school he attended the Friends Boarding School at Barnesville, Ohio, where he completed his high school education. His next few years were spent on the farm where he helped his father and for a time drove a truck on a milk route.
In 1941, when war clouds loomed ahead, Morris, on his own initiative, studied during spare moments, took a two year college examination, passed and was accepted in the U.S. Army Air Forces. His primary training was taken at Cal-Aero School, California, and his basic training was completed at Brooks Field, Texas, where he received his Wings and also his commission as a Second Lieutenant. After being transferred to several air fields for training he was sent to Salina, Kansas, where he was assigned to a B-24 Flying Fortress and was made a First Lieutenant. Soon he was ordered to the battle zone in China where during a storm the plane was wrecked and as Morris had agreed with his fellow flyers, his came as the pilots' "ideal way".
All of us who knew Morris will never forget that cheerful smile which always lighted his way, shedding light for all with whom he came in contact and making each one a little happier.
One road to happiness is through our friends. Morris truly was aware of this factor. He always was eager to make new friends and nearly always was successful.. May I attribute this to his honesty and sincerity. Seldom can it be said; "He was a man who had no enemies". It truly can be said of Morris. We will ever remember him so.
(Written by one of Morris' best friends, Wesley Davis.)
~~Plainfield, Indiana date April 1943~~
Bio added by Judy Carney Peacock (26 July 2013)
Everett David Heald (1882 - 1978)
Clara Peacock Heald (1883 - 1958)
Mamie Ruth Heald Hoover (1906 - 2000)**
Raymond Everett Heald (1908 - 2000)**
Wilfred Joseph Heald (1910 - 2008)*
Loren E. Heald (1913 - 2007)*
Floyd Barclay Heald (1914 - 1988)*
Herman G. Heald (1916 - 1990)*
Morris Elwood Heald (1917 - 1943)
Morris E. Heald (1917 - 1943)*
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Plot: M, 37
Maintained by: Seth Musselman
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
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