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Morris William Colbert
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Birth: May 16, 1926
Idaho, USA
Death: Apr. 24, 1994
Butte County
California, USA

Birth and death dates and locations, mother's maiden name Clays, from California Death Index Records.

After enlistment into the Combat Battalion [C.B. Seabees] of the United States Navy at Chico in the summer of 1943, Morris Colbert was sent to the Great Lakes Naval Training Base for additional training and later stationed at Port Hueneme, California.

Chico Enterprise, Monday, January 3, 1944, pg 7. Durham Boys In the Service: "Durham Morris Colbert, SB 2/c surprised his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Colbert and two brothers with a New Year's visit and returned by yesterday to Camp Hueneme near Hollywood where he is stationed with a construction squadron of the U.S. Navy."

Chico Enterprise, Monday, February 14, 1944, pg 7. Durham Boys In the Service: "Durham Morris Colbert came from Fort Hueneme for a recent visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Colbert and his brothers. He is in the construction battalion of the Seabees."

Chico Enterprise, Monday Evening, March 13, 1944, pg 3. Our Men in Service: "Colbert in Pacific. Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Colbert of Durham have received word that their son, Morris, is now located somewhere in the Pacific. He enlisted in the Seabees last June. His address:
Morris W. Colbert,
S 2/c, 107th NCB, Co. 4, Platoon 5,
c/o Fleet Postmaster, San Francisco"

Morris saw considerable territory while with the Seabees at Kwajalein and Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands and while operating the heavy equipment used to help build runways for the B-29's that flew to Japan from the Marianas. He was discharged at Oakland, California in the fall of 1945 and was engaged in the appliance repair and hardware business in civilian life. He is remembered for his passion for water skiing and his great love for his family - biography from the Durham World War II Honor Roll by Adriana Farley, published 2005, pg 39. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Clyde D. Colbert (1898 - 1978)
  Merle Clays Colbert (1904 - 1990)
 
 Spouse:
  Freda Valentine Sohnrey Colbert Panuke (1928 - 2009)
 
 Sibling:
  Morris William Colbert (1926 - 1994)
  Harley Leo Colbert (1931 - 2015)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
Specifically: Off the Coast of Mendocino, Northern California
 
Created by: Adriana
Record added: Apr 24, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 109158461
Morris William Colbert
Added by: Adriana
 
 
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