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Ernest Morey Jr.

Personal Data:

Birth Date:  7/11/35
Birth Place:  Springfield, MA
Race:  Caucasian
Religion:  Roman Catholic
U.S. Citizen:  Yes
Father's Name:  Frank E. Morey Jr.
Mother's Name:  Marie B. (Trybulski) Morey
Sibling Names:  Richard; Rosily  
Marital Status:  Married
Wife's Name:  Barbara J. (Mencarelli) Morey  
Offspring Names:  Dennis J. Morey; Denise A. Morey; Frank C. Morey   
School Attended:  School Street School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/3/41
School Attended:  Classical Junior High School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/3/47
School Attended:  Technical High School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/6/50
High School Diploma:  No, according to Springfield Public School Department records, although family members 
believe he was graduated with the "Tech" Class of 1953.  Mistakes sometimes do occur in official record keeping.  Further
inquiry seems to bear this our.  His Official Military Personnel File indicates that he received a diploma in 1953.
Selective Service Data:
SSS Local Board Number:   
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Military Service Record:
Entry Date:  1/11/54
Entry Mode:  Enlistment
Entry Location:  Hartford, CT
Home Of Record:  Brimfield, MA
Military Branch:  Marine Corps
Military Component:  Regular
Rank:  Gunnery Sergeant
Rank Abbrev:  GSGT
Pay Grade:  E6
MOS:  239
MOS Title:  Intelligence Assistant
Awards Received:  Good Conduct Medal with three Bronze Service Stars; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Vietnam Military Merit Medal
Badges Earned:  Rifle Sharpshooter Badge
Posthumous Promotion:  Yes
Length Of Service:  12 years
Southeast Asia Tour Data:
Date Tour Commenced:  9/23/67
Major Command:  III Marine Amphibious Force
Sub Command 1:  1st Marine Aircraft Wing
Sub Command 2:  Marine Aircraft Group 16
Sub Command 3:  VMO-2 (Marine Observation Squadron)
Base Location:  Da Nang, South Vietnam
Vehicle/Equipment Type:  UH-1E helicopter
Vehicle/Equipment S/N:  152434
Army Campaign Number:  5th
Army Campaign Name:  Counteroffensive, Phase III
Casualty Data:
Casualty Date:  12/5/67
Casualty Time:  0950
Co-Casualties:  Died of Injuries: CPT Gary L. England; CPL August H. Monhof; 2LT Robert I. Terry III
Casualty Age:  32
Casualty Data 1:  Non-Hostile
Casualty Data 2:  Helicopter Crewman
Casualty Data 3:  Air Loss-Crash On Land
Casualty Province:  Quang Nam Province
Casualty Country:  South Vietnam
Located In Or Near:  13 miles SW Da Nang
Body:  Recovered
Burial Location:  St. Michael's Cemetery, Springfield, MA
Burial Plot Location:  St. Anthony 11 #8
Burial Date:  12/18/67
Reinterred:  Massachusetts State Veterans' Cemetery, Agawam, MA
Consigned Funeral Home:  Sampson Funeral Home, Springfield, MA
Escort Name:  SSGT Joseph A. Merolillo, USMC
Springfield 50 Casualty Order:  15th
Brimfield's Fallen Casualty Order:  1st
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  31E
                                                  Line Number:  41

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