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My dad; James Bailey Morris 1920-2000

Journal by JimJoe

He was born in Oklahoma in 1920. He died in Houston, Texas 2000. The name 'James B. Morris' was very common just before WW2.

This is what I know about him.

He was in the 200th Coast Artillery Regiment (AntiAircraft) A Battery, in the Philipines when WW2 broke out and Japan attacked. This National Guard unit formed in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Enlistees from New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and possibly other areas,joined to form this Regiment.

I was told he was on Bataan Peninsula and when the surrender order came he got out to Corregidor Island and fought on. I don't know what means he used to get out to Corregidor Island, but I do know Manila Bay has sharks in it.

He worked at a copper mining and smelting plant from January to Sept 1945 by the Fujita-gumi Construction Company. From Corregidor to Taiwan, then to Kosaka. Sendai Command, also known as Sendai #8 Branch Camp. Yes, he was put on one of the Hell Ships. Unmarked freighters that were sometimes sunk or attacked by Allied subs and aircraft. Little food and water.

The info I found was he worked in a copper mine and smelter the last 7 months of the war at the Tokyo POW Camp Branch #2 (Kawasaki) Tokyo Bay Area 35-139.

After he was rescued, he went to Australia and then central Texas to recover. Mom had been working at a USO during WW2. That is where they met. They married and I was born a year later.

They divorced when I was 4 years old. The attached photo is of the two of us. I'm two years old in the photo. It was taken on our small farm, near Rogers, Texas, about 1950.

I'm trying to find info on his parents, annd his other two marriages, after he divorced mom. I think he married Marie L Lasalle from Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1974 in Victoria, Texas. I was told by an uncle he also married someone between those two people and lived in Corpus Christi, Texas until he dicvored and later married Marie L Lasalle. I don't have any information on his second marriage.

I have his and mom's marriage certificate. It shows he was 26 in 1946. The marriage information I have of his marriage to Marie L Lasalle says he was 61 in 1974 and was born in about 1913.

It is possible I have information on two James Bailey Morris' mixed together.

When I did a search on ancestry.com for his full name, it showed thousands of matches. Most matches only showed middle initial, not middle name.

Help finding out more about him would be much appreciated. I know I have Native American ancestors from my mother's side of the family. It is possible he has ancestors who are Native Americans as well. The ancestry I know of, from my mother is, Comanche, Shoshone, Cherokee, Scot-Irish, Netherlands, Norman, and Swiss.

Thank you.

Oh, and I don't do Facebook nor Twitter.

Surnames: Huckabee Morris
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by JimJoe Profile | Research | Contact | Subscribe | Block this user
on 2012-10-01 18:48:46

JimJoe has been a Family Tree Circles member since Jun 2010. is researching the following names: RAMPEY, HUCKABEE, RAMPI and 3 other(s).

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by SilverVixen on 2012-10-01 20:15:27

I cried when I read this : I so hope you find your ancestry

by mholdsworth on 2012-10-14 16:35:28

Found a James B Morris divorced Marie L [Morris] 21/9/1973 marriage date 15/7/1952, no. of children 5, County Matagorda, Texas

by JudithMcCaskillHarris on 2012-10-17 09:33:48

Looked into ancestry.ca and found a few things about James B. Morris. If you add these things to your tree there is a chance someone else is also looking or related to your father. Give it a try. I noticed that you have not "saved" some of this information to your tree. There is POW and Marriage information available there.

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