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Currie Boland Morris
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Name: Currie Boland Morris Rank: Seaman Second Class Service Number: 2026558 Service: USS Abner Read (DD-526), United States Navy Reserve Awards: Purple Heart Date of Birth: July 3, 1920 Place of Birth: Boston, Suffolk County, Mass. Marital Status: Single Next of Kin: Gertrude E. Morris (Mother) Date of Death: August 18, 1943 Age: 23 Cemetery: Honolulu Memorial, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii Reference: Court 1, Courts of the Missing Currie Boland Morris was the son of Howard Joseph Morris (1881–1930) and Gertrude Elizabeth (Currie) Morris (1892–1969). He had three siblings – Berton Edward Morris (1914–1974), Norma Eileen (Morris) Murphy (1924–2008), and George Robert Morris (1929–1931). Currie’s mother was born in Spencers Island in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. His father Howard was born in Advocate Harbour, Cumberland Co., NS. In 1940, Currie was working as a shipper. He registered for the US Draft on February 15, 1942, in Boston, Suffolk Co., Mass at 533 East Broadway. He was working for Mr. Philip A. Rand at the time. Currie served aboard the USS Abner Read (DD-526), a Fletcher-class destroyer. The ship and its crew saw action in the Aleutian Islands Campaign in the Pacific. In 1943 the ship survived hitting a mine that blew off the, stern, but there were casualties. After repairs, she returned to service and operated in support of Allied forces in the New Guinea campaign and the Battle of Leyte. Seaman Second Class Currie Boland Morris was killed on August 18, 1943 when the ship was struck by the mine. He has no known grave and is remembered in Court 1 in the Courts of the Missing of the Honolulu Memorial within the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, in Hawaii. He is also memorialized on a family grave marker at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Boston, Suffolk Co., Mass.