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Memorial PFC Curtis C. Morris

Curtis C. Morris was one of the men of Easy Company, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. On September 17, 1944, he jumped out of a C47 over Velp with the aim of capturing the Grave bridge over the river Maas. Unfortunately Curtis C. Morris’ parachute had a twister and there was no time to open the reserve parachute. Curtis C. Morris ended up in a plumtree on the land of the farmer Toon van den Hoogen on the Schotschestraat 7 in Velp. Curtis C. Morris didn't die immediately. Curtis C. Morris was carefully placed on a stretcher in the barn of the farm by his fellow soldiers. When the soldiers searched his pockets, they found a photo of a baby and a rosary necklace. Because of Curtis C. Morris’ Catholic background, a local priest, called father Hanssen, was quickly called in to administer the last rites to Curtis C. Morris. About 2 hours later, Curtis C. Morris died of his injuries. All this happend one day before his birthday.

Private First Class Curtis C. Morris. 9-18-1917 9-17-1944
Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia U.S.A. Grave number NCM 12-8055

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  • Text: Jeroen Vos, Graafs Kazematten Museum
  • Photos: Jeroen Vos

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