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Henry Morrow

980th Field Artillery Battalion

Major, U.S. Army

Entered the Service from:

California

Died:

7/2/1944

Grave Location:

Plot D, Row 11, Grave 9

Maj. Henry Morrow grew up in California, attended the University of Arizona and entered the service before the attack on Pearl Harbor. 

Morrow was killed on July 2, 1944 in Picauville, Normandy, France when he was accidentally shot by a sentry. Morrow’s commanding officer Lt. Col. Henry Welch wrote to Morrow’s widow of the incident:

“We were walking along a seldom used road to our jeep. We were within 20 feet of it when a shot rang out and he fell. He breathed heavily as though he were asleep without entirely losing the smile on his face. The men responsible were frightened soldiers from another unit- engineers. It was such an unnecessary thing.”

Maj. Henry Morrow's mother visiting Sainte-Mère- glise with her good friend, Mrs Renaud, 18 years after her son's death.

When Henry Morrow’s mother learned of his death, she traveled to Normandy to visit her son’s resting place. She stayed in Normandy for almost nine months, making daily visits to her son’s grave. During her time there, she became very close to a woman named Simone Renaud, known as the Mother of Normandy, for her dedication to visiting the graves and corresponding with family members of those interred at the cemetery. 

Morrow's mother, Marguerite, visiting her son's grave in France in 1946.

Henry Morrow is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot D, Row 11, Grave 9.