Julian Knox Morrison, Jr

Julian Knox Morrison, Jr

Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi, USA
Death 11 Feb 1940 (aged 35)
At Sea
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Sec: 8, Site: 5438
Memorial ID 49269077 · View Source
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Lieutenant (Commanding Officer), US Navy from Memphis, Tennessee Decorations Navy Cross Submarine USS Sealion (SS-195) Loss Date February 11, 1940 Location Aboard his vessel Circumstances Died accidentally when he was cleaning a target weapon.

*Navy Cross Citation:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Julian K. Morrison, United States Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Senior Assistant to the diving supervisor during the entire period of the rescue and salvage operations following the sinking of the U.S.S. SQUALUS on 23 May 1939. Lieutenant Morrison's technical diving knowledge and his ability in handling difficult situations in emergencies were outstanding. His calmness, courage and good judgment inspired confidence in his men as well as in the senior officers of the Unit. He made numerous deep dives himself and was the only diver to attempt to enter the SQUALUS while she was on the bottom, failing only due to circumstances beyond his control. His superior and outstanding performance of duty contributed much to the success of the operations and characterizes conduct above and beyond the call of duty.

Florida Death Index, 1877-1998 about Julian Knox Morrison Jr.
Name: Julian Knox Morrison Jr.
Death Date: 1940
County of Death: Pinellas
State of Death: Florida
Race: White
Gender: Male

USS Sealion (SS-195), a Sargo-class submarine, was the first ship of the United States Navy to be named for the sea lion, any of several large, eared seals native to the Pacific.

Her keel was laid down on 20 June 1938 by the Electric Boat Company of Groton, Connecticut. She was launched on 25 May 1939 sponsored by Mrs. Claude C. Bloch, and commissioned on 27 November 1939, Lieutenant J. K. Morrison Jr. in command.
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Following shakedown, Sealion, assigned to Submarine Division 17 (SubDiv 17), prepared for overseas deployment. In the spring of 1940, she sailed, with her division for the Philippine Islands, arriving at Cavite in the fall to commence operations as a unit of the Asiatic Fleet. Into October 1941, she ranged from Luzon into the Sulu Archipelago, then, with another submarine of her division, now SubDiv 202, she prepared for a regular overhaul at the Cavite Navy Yard. By 8 December, her yard period had begun; and, two days later, she took two direct hits in the Japanese air raid which demolished the navy yard.

The first bomb struck the after end of her conning tower and exploded outside the hull, over the control room. The second smashed through a main ballast tank and the pressure hull to explode in the after engine room, killing the four men then working there. In addition, one crewman died while a POW.

Sealion flooded immediately and settled down by the stern with 40% of her main deck underwater and a 15 degree list to starboard. The destruction of the navy yard made repairs impossible, and she was ordered destroyed. All salvageable equipment was taken off, depth charges were placed inside, and on 25 December, the explosives were set off to prevent her from being made useful to the enemy.

USS Sealion Crew KIA and Died as POW
Howard Firth POW
Howard Firth POW
Sterling C. Foster KIA
Melvin D. O'Connell KIA
Ernest E. Ogilvie KIA
Ernest E. Ogilvie KIA
Vallentyne L. Paul KIA

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