Morrison, Earl Leroy 1a 2a 3a 4a 5a 6a 7a 8

Birth Name Morrison, Earl Leroy
Birth Name Morrison, Earl LeRoy 4a
Birth Name Morrison, Earl 1a
Other Peterson, Earl L 2a
Gender male
Age at Death 19 years, 6 months, 2 days


Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth 1922-06-05 Casper, Wyoming, United States Birth of Earl Leroy Morrison
Census 1930-04-01 Richland, Montana, United States Census of Leon Inar Morrison

Relationship to head: Nephew

Farm?: X

Sex: Male

Color: White

Age: 6

Marital condition: Single

Attended school since Sept. 1, 1929: Yes

Place of birth: Wyoming

Place of birth of father: Minnesota

Place of birth of mother: Denmark

Occupation: None

Census 1940-04-01 Sidney, Richland, Montana, United States Census of Morrison, Inez Margrethe

Relationship: Son

Sex: Male

Color/Race: White

Age at last Birthday: 16

Marital status: Single

Attended school/college since March 1, 1940: Yes

Highest grade completed: H-2

Place of birth: Wyoming

City (April 1, 1935): Sidney

County: Richland

State (Territory/Country): Montana

On a Farm (Y/N): No

At Work during week March 24-30: No

Public Emergency Work?: No

Seeking work?: No

Have a Job?: No

housework (H), school (S), unable to work (U) or other (Ot): School

# weeks worked in 1939: 0

Amount of money, wages, salary in 1939: 0

Income of more than $50 from other sources?: No

Military Service 1940-04-26   Enlisted in the United States Navy.
Death 1941-12-07   Death of Earl Leroy Morrison
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Burial   National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific Buried at plot Q-1147.


Relation to main person Name Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Morrison, Hugh Earl
Mother Jorgensen, Anna Margarete
    Sister     Morrison, Ruby Margrethe
    Brother     Morrison, Leon Inar
    Brother     Morrison, Gordon Hugh
         Morrison, Earl Leroy
    Sister     Morrison, Inez Margrethe



The "U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949" states:

Name: Earl LeRoy Morrison
Ship, Station or Activity: Arizona
Ship Number or Designation: BB-39
Service Number: 368 48 32
Rating at Date of Last Report: Sea1c (Seaman 1st Class)
Enlistment Date: 26 April 1940
Muster Date: 31 Dec 1941
Place of Enlistment: (blank)
Branch of Service: USN
Change of Status: Dead
Date of Occurrence (of Change of Status): December 7, 1941
Information: Killed in action against enemy 12/7/41. Identified by initials on cigarette case "ELM". Assigned death #543 by US Naval Hospital, Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii. No other info. Next of kin not notified.



My mother and I were talking about Earl's grave marker and looking at the letter Gordon [Lee Morrison] had received about it. We think we know why the initials ELM are not on the grave marker, even though the letter stated they were.

The muster roll from a few weeks after the attack on the USS Arizona has him identified by the cigarette case with the letters ELM on it. The muster roll states him as body number 543.

The aforementioned letter from Vincent Vlach, a man who'd served on the Arizona, stated that Earl was buried in Halawa as body number 0543, H-X-051. In the book "Pearl Harbor Hosts: December 7th, 1941 -- The Day That Still Haunts the Nation", author Thurston Clarke wrote that the bodies were "in temporary cemetaries at Halawa and Nuuanu until 1949, when they were moved to Punchbowl." Vincent's letter states that when Earl's body was moved to the Punchbowl, it was to gravesite Q-1147. And that the letters ELM were (at some point) engraved on the gravestone.

The temporary grave's gravestones has the date of death and the name of the ship where the bodies were found. The Punchbowl gravestones did not. According to Clarke, a man named Ray Emory -- he was on the ship Honolulu at on the day of the attack at Pearl Harbor -- was angry that this information was not included. He spent weeks walking through the Punchbowl cemetery with a clipboard in hand, noting and photographing, and consulting burial records. During the 1990's, he successfully matched the grave markers of all 265 Pearl Harbor Unknowns (containing the remains of 653 USS Arizona soldiers) to the information from the temporary cemetaries.

Wikipedia states, "In August 2001, about 70 generic 'Unknown' markers for the graves of men known to have died during the attack on Pearl Harbor were replaced with markers that included USS Arizona after it was determined they perished on this vessel."

This would explain why the photograph of the gravestone does not have the letters ELM on it -- they were on the old gravestone. The letter Gordon received was dated 2000 -- before the gravestones were replaced.

Wikipedia continues: "In addition, new information that identified grave locations of 175 men whose graves were previously marked as "Unknown" resulted in the installation of new markers in October 2002." This means there is hope that Uncle Earl's marker can finally be replaced with one with his name on it.

Note by Christopher Dickson Fritz, 2012-01-13


  1. Morrison, Hugh Earl
    1. Jorgensen, Anna Margarete
      1. Morrison, Ruby Margrethe
      2. Morrison, Leon Inar
      3. Morrison, Gordon Hugh
      4. Morrison, Earl Leroy
      5. Morrison, Inez Margrethe


Source References

  1. 1930 United States Federal Census
      • Date: 1930-04-01
      • Page: Roll: 1261; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 13; Image: 94.0
  2. 1940 United States Federal Census
      • Date: 1940-04-01
      • Page: Roll: T627_2228; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 42-6
  3. Billings Gazette (Newspaper)
      • Date: 1942-05-05
      • Page: 1942-05-05, Page 1, Column 7
      • Citation:

        Montanans Die In Sea War

        Navy Lists 9 From Eastern Section

        Earl Leroy Morrison, seaman first class, son of Mrs. Anna Morrison Peterson, Sidney.

  4. U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949
      • Page: National Archives at College Park, College Park, Maryland, United States; Muster Rolls of U.S. Navy Ships, Stations, and Other Naval Activities, 01/01/1939 - 01/01/1949; Record Group: 24, Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel, 1798 - 2007; Series ARC ID: 594996; Series MLR Number: A1 135
  5. World War II Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Casualties, 1941-1945
      • Page: Roll: ww2c_27
  6. World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas
      • Source text:

        Name: Earl L Morrison
        Inducted From: Montana
        Rank: Seaman First Class
        Combat Organization: United States Navy
        Death Date: 7 Dec 1941
        Monument: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
        Last Known Status: Missing
        U.S. Awards: Purple Heart Medal

  7. National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
      • Page: Gravestone of Earl Leroy Morrison; Plot Q1147
  8. Beverley Peterson's Family Tree