JULIAN K. MORRISON, JR., LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Julian Morrison, Jr. '25

Date of birth: April 28, 1904

Date of death: February 11, 1940

Age: 35

Lucky Bag

From the 1925 Lucky Bag:


Loss

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Julian was lost on January 11, 1940 when he died of injuries sustained when the "target weapon" he was cleaning accidentally discharged while aboard USS Sealion (SS 195). He had been commanding officer since the boat's commissioning on November 27, 1939.

He was survived by his wife and his son, Julian Knox Morrison, III. Julian Jr. is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

The March 1940 issue of Shipmate magazine: "JULIAN KNOX MORRISON, JR., Lt., U.S.N., '25. Died in St. Petersburg, Florida, on January 11, 1940."

Navy Cross

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From On Eternal Patrol:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Julian K. Morrison, United States Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Senior Assistant to the diving supervisor during the entire period of the rescue and salvage operations following the sinking of the U.S.S. SQUALUS on 23 May 1939. Lieutenant Morrison's technical diving knowledge and his ability in handling difficult situations in emergencies were outstanding. His calmness, courage and good judgment inspired confidence in his men as well as in the senior officers of the Unit. He made numerous deep dives himself and was the only diver to attempt to enter the SQUALUS while she was on the bottom, failing only due to circumstances beyond his control. His superior and outstanding performance of duty contributed much to the success of the operations and characterizes conduct above and beyond the call of duty.

General Orders: Bureau of Navigation Bulletin 278 (February 10, 1940)
Action Date: 1939
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Assistant Diving Officer
Regiment: Squalus Salvage Unit
Division: U.S.S. Falcon (ASR-2)

Memorial Hall Error

Julian is not listed in Memorial Hall with his classmates, though his loss is clearly an operational one.

He was identified through the diligent efforts of Leslie Poche, a volunteer who combed through Shipmate issues to find operational losses not accounted for in Memorial Hall.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

July 1925

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: LT Albert Rooks '14 and ENS Douglas Smith '25.

October 1925

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: LCDR Albert Rooks '14, ENS Willford Hyman '24, ENS Douglas Smith '25, and ENS Jack DeShazo '25.

January 1926

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: LCDR Albert Rooks '14, ENS Douglas Smith '25, and ENS Jack DeShazo '25.

April 1927

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: LT Festus Foster '19, ENS Douglas Smith '25, ENS Jack DeShazo '25, ENS Henry G'Sell '26, and ENS Louis Shane, Jr. '26.

October 1927

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: LT Festus Foster '19.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Henry Brandenburger '21 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 2B).

January 1928

Ensign, under instruction, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut

Others at this command: LT Robert Smith '20, LTjg William Hobby, Jr. '23, and ENS Charles Tolman, Jr. '25.

April 1928

Ensign, under instruction, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut

Others at this command: LT Robert Smith '20, LTjg William Hobby, Jr. '23, and ENS Charles Tolman, Jr. '25.

July 1928

Ensign, USS S-18

October 1928

Ensign, USS S-18

January 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-18

April 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-18

July 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-18

October 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-18

January 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-18

April 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-18

October 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-18

January 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-18

April 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-18

July 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-18

October 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-18

January 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-18

April 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LT John Hollowell, Jr. '22, LTjg Robley Clark '24, and 2LT Francis Williams '30.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.: LT Norman Ives '20 (Diving School).

October 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LTjg Robley Clark '24 and LTjg Fremont Wright '25.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.: LT Norman Ives '20 (Diving School) and LTjg William France '24 (Naval Gun Factory).

January 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LTjg Robley Clark '24 and LTjg Fremont Wright '25.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.: LT Norman Ives '20 (Diving School), LT Raymond Hansen '22 (Diving School), LTjg William France '24 (Naval Gun Factory), and 1LT Edward Trumble '25 (Marine Barracks).

April 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LTjg Fremont Wright '25.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.: LT Norman Ives '20 (Diving School), LT Raymond Hansen '22 (Experimental Diving Unit), LT William France '24 (Naval Gun Factory), and 1LT Edward Trumble '25 (Marine Barracks).

July 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LT Edwin Crouch '21.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.: LT Raymond Hansen '22 (Experimental Diving Unit) and 1LT Edward Trumble '25 (Marine Barracks).

October 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LT Edwin Crouch '21.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.: LT Raymond Hansen '22 (Experimental Diving Unit).

April 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-31

Others at this command: LTjg Raymond Mayo '30.

July 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-31

Others at this command: LTjg Raymond Mayo '30.

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-31

Others at this command: LTjg Raymond Mayo '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Rogers Elliott '22 (Submarine Division 9).

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-31

Others at this command: LTjg Raymond Mayo '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Rogers Elliott '22 (Submarine Division 9).

April 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-31

Others at this command: LTjg Raymond Mayo '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Rogers Elliott '22 (Submarine Division 9).

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-31

Others at this command: LTjg Raymond Mayo '30.

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-31

Others at this command: LTjg Raymond Mayo '30.

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-31

Others at this command: LTjg Raymond Mayo '30.

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), commanding officer, USS S-33

Others at this command: LTjg Walter Bailey '31 and LTjg John Moore '32.

January 1937

Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS S-33

Others at this command: LTjg John Moore '32.

April 1937

Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS S-33

Others at this command: LTjg John Moore '32.

September 1937

Lieutenant, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut

Others at this command: LTjg Albert Clark '33, LTjg Earle Schneider '33, LTjg Edward Blakely '34, LTjg Robert Robertson '34, ENS Edwin Denby, Jr. '35, ENS George Fuller '35, and ENS John Walling '35.

January 1938

Lieutenant, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut

Others at this command: ENS George Fuller '35, ENS John Eichmann '35, and ENS Lawrence Edge '35.

January 1939

Lieutenant, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut

Others at this command: LTjg James Clark '35 and LTjg Roscoe Dillen, Jr. '35.

October 1939

Lieutenant, USS Sealion


Class of 1925

Julian is one of 30 members of the Class of 1925 on Virtual Memorial Hall.