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Oral history interview of Francis D. Morris, conducted by John Grande in University of Central Florida on January 17th, 2018.


0:40 Date of birth and family history growing up; 2:31 Elementary education; 2:40 Talks about Basic Training and preparation for deploying to Europe; 5:29 Talks about the organization of his Division; 7:28 Despite preparing for Europe, his unit was rerouted to the PTO and instead arrived in Adelaide, Australia; 8:00 Describes his initial impressions of Adelaide, and Camp Gable in Brisbane; 11:00 His unit is flown via converted bombers to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea and he becomes assigned to a machine gun Company; 13:45 Talks about his weapons company being refitted with light machine guns; 14:50 His unit began going on patrols in an attempt to locate and engage Japanese troops remaining on New Guinea; 19:15 Talks about his first combat action against a small Japanese scouting force; 25:00 Recalls a tragic example of friendly-fire occurring at night with a messenger; 28:50 Talks about the contents of his pack and difficulties in maintaining hygiene; 31:31 The Japanese harassment remained constant, primarily from snipers; 33:00 Highlights the dire situation endured by Army and Marine forces on; 35:30 Papua New Guinea and Guadalcanal / re-supply by Japanese air drops; 36:30 Talks about the experience of being bombed; 41:09 Experiencing malaria and coming off the line; 53:00 Traveled to Newcastle Australia for amphibious training; 1:03:00 Recalls being wounded during a mortar attack; 1:03:15 Describes Japanese Knee mortars; 1:10:00 Assigned to guard the Battalion motor-pool; 1:15:03 Amphibious landing at Leyte Gulf; 1:18:03 Describing combat on the Philippines; 1:22:05 Talks about the attack on Manila; 1:30:02 Interview stopped due to time limit.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Shullsburg (Wis.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

World War II



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

128th infantry Regiment; Counter Intelligence Core (CIC) HQ Europe; 2nd Division in Korea; several training companies including the 86th on Germany

Location of Service

Cam Ranh (Vietnam); Phan Rang (Vietnam : Province)

Highest Rank

Master Sergeant; MSG

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



New Guinea Campaign; Battle of Leyte; Philippines Campaign; Battle of Luzon; Burma Campaign


Purple Heart Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; American Defense Service Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge; Distinguished Unit Citation; Philippine Liberation Ribbon


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Battle details: Multiple beach landings from Port Morsby to Dutch New Guinea; landings in Leyte, Philippines in Liberation of the Philippines; Landings in Luzon; Burma Missions; holding ground in Korea in Korean War. Medal details: Purple Heart Medal - GO 23, Hq 128th Inf Regt, May 8, 1945; Army Good Conduct Medal - GO 79, Hq 32nd Inf Div, Sept. 22, 1944; American Defense Service Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one Silver Service Star for the New Guinea, Leyte, Southern Philippines Luzon and Papua Campaigns; World War II Victory Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge - GO 11, Hq 128th Inf Regt, Sept. 7, 1944; Distinguished Unit Emblem - WD GO 21, 1943; Oak-leaf Cluster to Distinguished Unit Emblem, WD GO 121, 1943; Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze service Star.

City of Birth


Country of Birth



Grande, John

Interview Date

Spring 1-17-2018

Location of Interview

University of Central Florida


Morris, Francis D.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army

Collection Description

Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES; University of Central Florida


Grande, John

Length of Interview

91 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type