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First Name: Thomas

Last Name: Morgan

Birthplace: Allentown, PA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Marines (present)

Middle Name: R.

Date of Birth: 06 January 1930

Rank: General

Years Served: 1952-1988
Thomas R. Morgan

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Thomas R. Morgan
General, U.S. Marine Corps

Thomas R. Morgan was born on 6 January 1930 in Allentown, PA. He completed high school in Slatington, PA in 1948. Morgan graduated from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science in 1952. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He also holds an Master of Arts degree in Counselor Education from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (June 1973).

Morgan was commissioned a Marine Corps Second Lieutenant on 6 June 1952 and entered The Basic School, Quantico, VA. Following Basic School, he was ordered to flight training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL, and was designated a Naval Aviator in August 1954. Ordered to MCAS El Toro, CA, he served as Assistant Maintenance Officer of Marine Night Fighter Squadron 542, Marine Aircraft Group 15, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, El Toro.

In July 1955, he was ordered to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in the Western Pacific and served as Personnel Officer of Marine Night Fighter Squadron 513, Marine Aircraft Group 11, and subsequently as Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General of the Wing. He was promoted to Captain in August 1955. He returned to Hawaii for duty as Aide to the Deputy Commander, Fleet Marine Force (FMF), Pacific from July 1956 to July 1957 and was then assigned as Assistant Operations Officer of Marine Attack Squadron 214, Marine Aircraft Group 13, at Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay.

Morgan was ordered to NAS Olathe, KS in January 1959 as a flight instructor in the Navy's Jet Transitional Training Unit. When the unit was disestablished in October 1959, he reported for duty to Marine Aircraft Group 32, at Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, SC. He served as Personnel Officer and Aircraft Maintenance Officer of Marine Fighter Squadron 333 until November 1961. Ordered to WestPac, he served as Executive Officer, Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 11, Marine Aircraft Group 11, NAS Atsugi, Japan until January 1962.

From January 1962 to July 1965, he served as the Fleet Liaison Officer at Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, AZ, coordinating aviation weapons training. He was promoted to Major in July 1963. Reassigned to Quantico, he entered the Command and Staff College, completing the course in June 1966. Morgan was ordered to Marine Aircraft Group 32, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at MCAS Beaufort in July 1966, where he served as Group Operations and later as Commanding Officer, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in July 1967. In August 1968, he reported to Marine Aircraft Group 13 at Chu Lai, serving as Group Operations Officer and then as Officer-in-Charge of the DaNang DASC in Vietnam.

He returned to the U.S. in September 1969 and was assigned as Executive Officer of Marine Corps Air Station, Quantico, and later as G-3 Marine Corps Base. From July 1971 until July 1973, he was assigned to the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit (NROTC) at the University of Virginia, where he served as Executive Officer.

Promoted to Colonel in July 1973, Morgan was ordered to the U.S. European Command Headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, where he served as the Chief of War Plans Branch, J-5. He remained in that position until he was assigned duty as Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Requirements and Programs, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, DC While serving in this capacity, he was selected in February 1977 for promotion to Brigadier General and was promoted on 18 March. He then assumed duty as Assistant Division Commander, 3rd Marine Division, on Okinawa, Japan from April 1977 to April 1978. On 17 June 1978, he was assigned as the Assistant Chief of Staff C-5 of the Combined Forces Command, Seoul, Korea. He served in this capacity until assuming duty as Deputy Commander, FMF, Pacific, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii, in July 1980.

On 1 May 1981, Morgan was promoted to Major General with date of rank of 1 August 1977. He was assigned duty as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Requirements and Programs, Headquarters Marine Corps on 26 May 1981. He was advanced to Lieutenant general on 13 June 1985 and assumed duty as Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Policies and Operations. He was assigned additional duties as Acting Chief of Staff on 16 November 1985.

Morgan was nominated by President Ronald Reagan for promotion to General and assignment as Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps in March 1986. His advancement to four-star rank was effective 1 June 1986 and he assumed his final assignment.

General Thomas R. Morgan retired on 1 July 1988 after completion of more than 36 years of active service.

Medals and Awards

Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal
Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal
Combat Action Ribbon
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Navy Unit Commendation
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 1 Service Star
Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal
National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 Service Star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Vietnam Service Medal w/ 5 Service Stars
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Order of National Security Merit, Cheon-Su Medal
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation
Vietnam Campaign Medal


Naval Aviator Badge

Honoree ID: 409   Created by: MHOH




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