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(Updated FEB 2008)
Note: This is written using the first person pronoun because I wrote it and I don't care to refer to myself in the third person. So there! By the way, if someone wishes to update this
[or improve it] after I cash in my chips, I won't mind if he/she changes the pronoun from 1st to 3rd person.
I was born 26 February 1932 to Jerry and Mary Morgan
[Utter] Wing at my aunt's place in Woodlawn, Kentucky, which is located in the Greater Cincinnati area. Although we were born in Kentucky I suppose my siblings and I were transplanted Buckeyes since both my parents were born in southern Ohio. I attended Lincoln Elementary and Dayton High Schools in Dayton, Kentucky. Growing up, I worked occasionally in my folk's grocery store in Dayton, just long enough to learn that the customer is always right. My sister Kate, the eldest and now deceased, had a great sense of humor and my two brothers
[one older and one younger] were excellent athletes whom I admired very much. I received a third alternate appointment to USMA in 1950 and entered the Academy with the Class of 1954. I was ill prepared, academically, and in my Yearling year I encountered some difficulty with calculus and was turned back a year to join Company C-2 and the Class of '55. It was probably the best thing that could have happened to me because it gave me more time to mature and consider a career as a "lifer" in the service. I entered the Infantry upon graduation and went to Army Aviation Flight Training at Gary AFB, Texas, with the 'Green Hat' Class of 56-2; I was accompanied by a dozen other West Point Classmates. We completed flight school at Ft. Rucker, Alabama, in March '56 and I was assigned to the 4th Armored Division, Ft. Hood, Texas. Later, in 1956, I went TDY to Ft. Huachuca to participate in the testing of a Signal Corps tactical aviation navigation system. This gave me the opportunity to gain more flying time because, at Ft. Hood, I had been serving as a "ground pounder" in an advanced infantry training battalion. But, more important than that, I was afforded the opportunity to meet and marry a beautiful young lady by the name of Sheila Otis; incidentally, we celebrated our 50th Anniversary in September 2006. We returned to Ft. Hood in October, 1956, and I was reassigned to the Third Corps, 53rd Signal Battalion Flight Detachment. By the way, Julie Dryer was assigned to the same battalion, and we were both promoted to 1st Lt on 3 December 1956. Julie was probably wondering what this Infantry aviator "puke" was doing in his Signal Battalion but it turned out to be a happy occasion for both of us. Bill Welter, also an aviator, later convinced me that the future of Army Aviation was in the Transportation Corps and we should transfer from Infantry to Transportation and apply for graduate school to study Aero Space Engineering. My transfer was approved while I was in training at the Basic Infantry Officer Course
[BIOC]. After BIOC I went to Ft. Eustis, Virginia to enter the Transportation Company Officer's Course. I was then assigned to the U. of Texas in Austin to study Aero Space Engineering. While in school it was discovered during a flight physical that I had diabetes mellitus; I went before a medical board and requested retention to continue service in the Army. My request was approved but I was removed from flight status. After I completed school at the U. of Texas, I was assigned to the Transportation Materiel Command in St. Louis, Mo. Subsequent assignments included: the Seventh Logistics Command, Taegu, Korea; Ft. Eustis, VA, for the Transportation Associate Advanced Course; Ft. Rucker, AL, where I served as an Engineer for the Aviation Test Board; another tour to Korea and one to Germany; and three different tours to Edwards AFB, CA, where I served at the Army Flight Test Activity as a Flight Test Engineer and finally retired as deputy commander of the Test Activity in 1977. I especially enjoyed my tours at Edwards because I was able to gather with Air Force and Army classmates who were also assigned there. After my retirement from the service in July, 1977, my wife and I moved to San Diego where I was employed by General Dynamics, Data System Division. I later worked for Computer Sciences Corporation and retired, once and for all, in 1997. We currently reside in Alpine, CA, approximately 25 miles east of San
By the way, when I join the Long Grey Line, I hope to have my ashes scattered in the East Fork of the Black River in the White Mountains of Arizona where I spent numerous happy occasions fishing.