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 Peter James Morgera

Peter James Morgera

Birth
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 25 Jun 1996 (aged 24)
Saudi Arabia
Burial Stratham, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID 12603624 · View Source
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Airman 1st Class Peter J. Morgera Stratham, New Hampshire Eglin AFB, Florida, June 25, 1996, Khobar Towers near Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, a terrorist attack that killed 19 airmen.

Hometown: Stratham, New Hampshire

Pete came to the 33rd from the 53d FS, Spangdahlem, Germany.

He was an Assistant Dedicated Crew Chief. He earned an Air Force Achievement Medal for maintaining his aircraft at a 90.2% fully mission capable rate, well above the 84% Air Force in Europe standard.

Pete had been deployed to Incirlik, Turkey in support of Operation "PROVIDE COMFORT". He was assigned to the 33rd OSS in January 1996 as an end of runway technician. He volunteered to go to Saudi so that he could upgrade to 5 level the right way by crewing jets.

Pete was a reliable and hard working professional. He enjoyed playing darts, shooting pool and going to the beach. A very caring individual – never without a smile.

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I found an article from the New Hampshire Union Leader, published July 4, 1996, said he was a native of Boston. The article also said he was buried at Maple Lane Cemetery (Stratham, Rockingham County, New Hampshire).

Here's the article; I thought you might want to read it.

STRATHAM - The ugly reality of terror in the volatile Middle East reached into the heart of the Granite State yesterday with the burial of Airman Peter Morgera.

A lone bugler played taps, two honor guards fired 21-gun salutes and sirens sounded throughout the area as Morgera was buried.

The 24-year-old Boston native and Exeter High School graduate was one of 19 American military personnel killed June 25 in a terrorist bombing in Saudi Arabia.

Nearly 300 people packed the small, white, non-denominational Stratham Community Church to say their final goodbyes. The overflow listened to the service by speaker in a downstairs room.

The Rev. Dr. J. Jermain Bodine, minister of the church, told the gathering, "Death has intruded into life. One beloved by us and by God has been taken from us in circumstances over which we have no control. For this town and the nation, this past week has been a whirlwind of emotions. We can't deny the shock, grief, anger and love raised by the death of our friend Peter. I have no magic wand to transform our mourning."

Describing the young airman as a person of commitment, integrity, love and honesty, the minister told the congregation, "The stories we will share about Peter are a way to honor his promise and our own."
For friends and family, it was a morning of tears and a time to remember a life that ended too soon.

"In case you haven't realized it yet, you're an American hero," Morgera's tearful brother Michael said as he read a letter he wrote to Peter for the service.

Another brother, Thomas, said Peter's life was symbolized by his willingness to go to Saudi Arabia in place of a fellow airman who needed to remain with his family.

He said he was honored to know that Peter "followed in my footsteps and chose to serve his country." And then he spoke of the terrorists in the bombing that also injured hundreds at the U.S. military base. "For those individuals who took him from us, I feel not anger, only pity," he said. "If justice cannot bring these individuals to their knees, I can live with that. But I know when the time comes, they will kneel before God and he will judge them all."

Peter's parents, Richard and Diane Morgera, asked Rev. Bodine to speak for them of the overwhelming "outpouring of love and support...that has touched all of our hearts."

Kim Nerney, a close friend, said of Morgera, "He was just a caring person. That's how I need to remember him. It's difficult to accept his death. Peter stood for everything this country believes in."

"It's like a member of my own family died," said Jennie Sullivan, a local resident who did not know Morgera, but came to the church to show respect and support for the family.

The young airman's body was escorted to Maple Lane Cemetery by a military honor guard from Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts at noon.

Nearly a dozen fire trucks were parked near the grave site in honor of Morgera, a local volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician. A Stratham pumper truck, piled high with flowers and with its lights draped in black to signify the death of a fireman, preceded the hearse, a 1939 Packard. The vehicle was followed by firefighters from a host of Granite State towns including Stratham, Exeter, Dover, Nottingham, North Hampton and Hampton, as well as Boston.

During the brief military graveside ceremony, an American flag flew at half-staff from a fully raised ladder on a hook and ladder truck.

Peter's father than gave him a final salute and 21-gun salutes from two different military honor guards shattered the quiet and misty morning. Then a lone Air Force bugler played Taps, and a lone bagpiper played "Amazing Grace."

The ceremony ended with the Stratham Fire Department announcing "last call for firefighter Peter Morgera," followed by the wailing sound of the alarm used to summon volunteers to a fire.

R. Stanley Walker Jr., who served as Stratham fire chief when Morgera became a volunteer, said the day he volunteered, "Peter had a sparkle in his eye and a bright smile. He came to give of himself. He came to give help. Peter was a hero. He gave of himself to make our community a better place to live."

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.) ----
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Many thanks to Find A Grave contributor DogMama08 for providing the above article and burial information for this American Hero.



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  • Created by: Rosie
  • Added: 4 Dec 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12603624
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Peter James Morgera (3 Nov 1971–25 Jun 1996), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12603624, citing Maple Lane Cemetery, Stratham, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by Rosie (contributor 46776899) .