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Name: Simon E. Morvan Rank: Sergeant Service Number: 20145768 Service: Infantry, United States Army Awards: Bronze Star Medal Date of Birth: October 19, 1917 Place of Birth: Halifax, NS Date of Enlistment: February 24, 1941 Place of Enlistment: Gardiner, Kennebec Co., Maine Address at Enlistment: Gardiner, Kennebec Co., Maine Age at Enlistment: 23 Occupation: Boot and shoe manufacturing Marital Status: Single Date of Death: March 31, 1945 Age: 27 (Buried at Sea) Cemetery: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii Grave: Honolulu Memorial, Courts of the Missing Simon E. Morvan was the son of Elias Morvan (1883-1971) and Louise Arthemise (Burkey) Morvan (1890- 1962). Simon had an older sister Mary Virginia ‘Jennie’ (1914-1999) and a younger brother George Albe (Albert) Morvan (1919-1987). Simon’s father was born in l’Ardoise, Richmond Co., Cape Breton, NS; his mother was born in Halifax, NS. Simon and his two siblings moved to the US when he was five in 1922. They lived with his father’s parents Mary and Frank Marvin in Gardiner, Maine into the 1930’s on Sumner Street in Gardiner. Simon Morvan was a member of the Maine National Guard prior to the Second World War. Simon’s mother was working as a cook at Johnson House, a hotel and theatre in Gardiner, and both Simon and his father worked at the Gardiner Shoe Company. Simon’s National Guard unit was called into active Army service on February 24, 1941, prior to the US entering the war. Available records do not indicate to which unit Sergeant Morvan was assigned but he did serve in the Pacific Theatre. Simon died in the line of duty, of a non-battle related incident during the war. He was aboard a hospital ship transport in March of 1945 at the time of his death. He was buried at sea and is remembered on the Honolulu Memorial in the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu (located in the Punchbowl Crater, a dormant volcano). Simon Morvan had previously been awarded the Bronze Star for his actions during the war.
Simon E. Morvan
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