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William 'Woody' Morgan

Interviewed 20 May 1991
William 'Woody' Morgan was born in Waveland on November 1, 1918, to Stanley and Stella Morgan. When he was through with school, he worked in the coal mines at Brazil before going to work in the hotel at Turkey Run State Park. He enlisted in the Navy on September 16, 1941, at Terre Haute. Morgan went to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station and to cooks and bakers school in Connecticut. After spending some time at Floyd Bennett Field, Morgan was assigned to the destroyer USS J. William Ditter. He was in the Pacific fighting the battle of Okinawa when his ship was hit by a kamikaze pilot. After the war, Morgan witnessed an atomic bomb test.