Sunday, April 22, 2018

Private First Class Orvin Morris

July 29, 1950.  On the ground in Korea since July 10, LTC John Michaelis's 27th Infantry Regiment (the "Wolfhounds) joined forces with Pvt. Philip Hughes's 24th Infantry Division to at least slow down the encroachment of the North Korean People's Army toward the port of Pusan.  Among the 27th's troops was PFC Orvin Morris, age 23, from Virginia. He was exhausted as much by his unit's constant redeployment  along the front lines as by the combat itself.  PFC Morris was photographed while riding a train back to an Eighth Army medical facility in Pusan to receive treatment for wounds caused by mortar fragments. Morris survived the war, but life was not easy for him.  He died in 1976 at the age of 49.  He's buried in Albemarle County's Free Union Church of the Brethern's cemetery.

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