JULIAN K. MORRISON, JR., LT, USN
Julian Morrison, Jr. '25
Date of birth: April 28, 1904
Date of death: February 11, 1940
From the 1925 Lucky Bag:
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.
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."
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
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.