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Nederland Parks & Recreation Department
2301 Avenue H
Nederland, TX 77627 
Phone: 409-724-0773


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Marion & Ed Hughes
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2712 Nederland Avenue
Nederland, TX 77627 
Phone: 409-722-1255

Database Number   549
Name   Morgan, Charlie Emery
Birth Date   30 December 1918
Birth Place   Pleasant Hill, Bienville Parish, Louisiana
Death Date   12 November 2011
Death Place   Port Arthur, Jefferson Co., Texas
Cause of Death    
Place of Burial   Memory Gardens, Nederland, Texas
Service Branch   Air Corps and Air Force


  354th AAF BU
Rank/Grade   S/Sergeant
Date of Enlistment   22 September 1942
Date of Discharge   5 December 1945
Date of Enlistment   5 December 1945 (Air Force Reserve)
Date of Discharge   26 November 1948 (Air Force Reserve)
Date of Enlistment   18 October 1950 (Active Duty)
Date of Discharge   26 November 1952 (Active Duty)
Service Occupation   Top turret gunner on B-17 & a mechanic on B-29s & B-17s. Official title: Flight Engineer.
Decorations, Medals, Badges, etc.   American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal
Additional Service Information  

Per daughter: My dad's official title was flight engineer. His duties were to assist the pilot, do repairs, put wheels down manually and operate the top turret gun.

He was injured by the gun, which was spring loaded & accounted for many injuries. His upper right arm was broken & repaired by army surgeons with a steel plate, a screw & a nail. He did his rehab in Temple, TX though his operation was at base in S.D.

He repaired aircraft the rest of the war. From 1948-1950 he was a reservist and active in 1951 for Korea where he repaired B-29s (carried atomic bomb) at Barksdale AFB, Shreveport, LA.

Locations of Military Service   Amarillo, TX; Rapid City, SD
Father   Ocie E. Morgan
Mother   Ruth Henson Morgam
Additional Biographical Information  

Per daughter: Mr. Morgan was recalled during Korean Conflict.

Mr. Morgan returned to Sweeetwater, TX & worked for Gulf Oil. In 1954, when the refinery closed there, he brought his family to Port Arthur. Gulf Oil transferred 50 families from Sweetwater.

Mr. Morgan worked for Gulf 38.5 years as an operator. He was sent to Tacoma, WA & called from retirement to help start up a plant in Japan.

He was married for 67 years before his wife's death in 2006. He was a member of First Baptist Church for 53 years. He was a longtime member of the American Legion for 68 years & Nederland's Butler Redd Post for 53 years.

Mr. Morgan traveled with his wife throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico & Caribbean. He outlived his 2 sons.

Date Added to Database   12 November 2015
Source of Service Information   Veteran's daughter and Discharge document



Service Photo taken after training.
Amarillo, TX 1942.


Photo of Bea Morgan, wife & Charlie E. Morgan. Photo was made after training & before Mr. Morgan & wife left for South Dakota for flight trianing & Mrs. Morgan's job in a defense plant (Make K-rations for soldiers).


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