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Born: April 20, 1918

Place of Birth: Baltimore, maryland

Death: January 11, 2013

Place of Death: Davidsonville, Maryland

Occupation: Major General USAF

Organizations: United States Air Force

Memorial donations can be made to:

National Cryptologic Museum Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1682, Ft. George G. Meade, MD 20755-9998

MGen. John E. Morrison, Jr., USAF, (ret)

April 20, 1918 - January 11, 2013

Major General John E. Morrison, Jr., (ret), 94, a 40-year resident of Davidsonville, died January 11 at his home.

He was born on April 20, 1918 in Baltimore and graduated from the University of Baltimore in 1939 with a Juris Doctor degree. He also graduated from the Air Command and Staff College in 1949 and from the Air War College in 1959. In 1942, John was commissioned in the Army Signal Corps and was assigned to the Signal Intelligence Service, Army Air Forces in Washington, DC. He served in the Pacific theater during World War II, participating in the invasions of Munda, Bougainville, Green, Emirau and Luzon Islands. In 1947, John transferred to the U.S. Air Force. In 1949, he was detailed to the Air Command and Staff School as a student. Upon graduation, he was retained as a member of the faculty until he assumed command of the 6981st Radio Group Mobile in Alaska in 1953. In 1956, John transferred to Air Force Headquarters in Washington, DC where he later became Chief of the Policy and Objectives Division in the Telecommunications Directorate. In this role, he was a direct counsel to President Kennedy during the 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion. In 1963, he was designated Chief of the National Security Agencyís Pacific Command and later became Assistant Director for Production, a position he held until his retirement from the Air Force in 1973. John continued working at the NSA until his retirement from government service in 1979.

Johnís military awards included the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation medal and the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster,
American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Air force Longevity Service Award and the Philippine Liberation Award, He also received the Order of Service Merit, Third Class, from the president of the Republic of Korea in 1966. In 1979, John received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal and was inducted into the NSA Hall of Honor in 2001.

John was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Historical Intelligence Museum; founder, president and chairman of the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation Board; and a member of the Joint Military Intelligence College Foundation Board.

He was a Scottish Rite Freemason for over 60 years. He enjoyed gardening, traveling and Civil War history and crabbing. John was known as "The Singing General" because he never missed an opportunity to entertain family, friends, colleagues and even strangers. It wasn't unusual for him to enter a restaurant singing his favorite song "If I Loved You" in his beautiful Irish Tenor voice. He would always join in singing Happy Birthday in restaurants, even for people he didn't know and everyone loved it.

John has spent the last several years of his life surrounded by his family and friends enjoying life including trips to Hawaii, Disney World and Amelia Island. The last six birthdays were spent celebrating with the people that loved him.

John is survived by two daughters, Patricia A. Zasadil of Springhill, FL and Karen M. Sutton of Crofton; a son, John E. Morrison III of Evergreen, CO; his former wife, Flora H. Morrison; six grandchildren, Kimberly A., Laura L. and John M. Zasadil, Kristine E. Ford, Tammy M. Taylor, Jason P. Sutton; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Friends are invited to Johnís Life Celebration from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 17 and from 10 a.m. until his funeral service begins at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 18 at the Riva Trace Baptist Church, 475 W. Central Avenue, Davidsonville. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to National Cryptologic Museum Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1682, Ft. George G. Meade, MD 20755-9998. An online guestbook is available by accessing the link at the bottom of this page.


Thursday January 17, 2013, 2-4pm - 6-8pm

Riva Trace Baptist Church

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Friday January 18, 2013, 10:00am - 11:00am

Riva Trace Baptist Church

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Funeral Service

Friday January 18, 2013, 11:00am

Riva Trace Baptist Church

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