Lieutenant Commander Edward R. Morris, USN (Ret.)

Images from His Collection at the Navy Department Library

 


Thanksgiving Menu, US Naval Air Station Lakehurst, NJ, 1930.

Menu
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OLIVES     CELERY   PICKLES
CREAM OF TOMATO SOUP
ROAST TURKEY       GIBLET GRAVY
BAKED SPICED HAM
CRANBERRY SAUCE            SAGE DRESSING
CANDIED SWEET POTATOES
CREAMED CAULIFLOWER            GREEN PEAS
LETTUCE AND TOMATO SALAD
ORANGES     APPLES   PEARS
MINCE PIE                   CREAM CHEESE
RAISIN BREAD                 BUTTER   COFFEE
LAYER CAKE                  ICE CREAM
MIXED NUTS                   CANDY
CIGARS AND CIGARETTES


J. SURDERSKI A. M. BRYAN

Ch. Com. Std. U.S. Navy Lieut. S.C. U.S.N. Com. Officer



US Naval Air Station Lakehurst, NJ, Christmas 1930

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Menu 

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CELERY OYSTER STEW  PICKLES
ROAST TURKEY  CRANBERRY SAUCE
CELERY DRESSING  GIBLET GRAVY
BAKED SPICED HAM
MASHED POTATOES SWEET CORN
LETTUCE AND EGG SALAD
PUMPKIN PIE CREAM CHEESE
APPLES BANANAS ORANGES
ROLLS COFFEE BUTTER
ICE CREAM AND CAKE
MIXED NUTS AND CANDY
CIGARS AND CIGARETTES


J. SURDERSKI A. M. BRYAN

Ch. Com. Std. U.S. Navy Lieut. S.C. U.S.N. Com. Officer


Peach colored Christmas card USS Macon

 

Blue-gray colored Christmas card USS Macon

 


His Day, A Three Act Meal-o-Drama

His Day
A Three Act
"Meal-o-Drama"

Featuring
Mr. Tom Turkey and
a Supporting
All-Star Cast 

Presented at the
United States
Naval Air Station
Lakehurst, N.J.
Thanksgiving
1942


Commanding Officer
Captain W. E. Zimmerman
U.S. Navy
Executive Officer
Commander J. D. Reppy
U.S. Navy

 

His Day Program

[Tri-fold program, text as follows:]

The U.S.N.A.S., Lakehurst, NJ
Presents
His Day A Three Act Meal-o-Rama
Thanksgiving Day
1942


IN CHARGE OF PRODUCTION

Director............................ Ensign H. C. Krueger, (SC) USN
Assistant Director ........... Pay Clerk W. L. Bucher, USN
Cast Director ................. W. L. Healy, CCStd, USN (Ret.)

STAGE HANDS

Downing, Hary ........................ CCStd  McConnell, G. W ......................... SK2c
Rowland, L. ............................. SC1c  Gesswein, A. M. .......................... SC3c
Hartnett, H. H. ........................ SC1c  Hetzel, G. H. ................................ SC3c
Wood, W. V. .......................... SC1c  Laughlin, J. E. .............................. SC3c
Pataky, S. J.............................. SC1c  Greene, R. E................................ SC3c
Mollina, A. B. ......................... SC1c  Metcalf, E. F. .............................. SC3c
Lumbo, A. B............................ SC1c  Maccri, A. A. .............................. SC3c
Chavis, C. ............................... Stf. Sgt      Degenhart, W. ............................. SC3c
Bolton, W. .............................. Bkr1c  Synder, H. J. ............................... SC3c
McKelvey, H. D. ...................  SC2c  Long, G. L. ................................. SC3c
Glod, S. .................................  SC2c  Rundiio, C. S. ............................. SC3c
Donald, G. A. ........................  SC2c  McLean, G. M. ........................... Bkr3c
Lamberson, H. M. .................  Bkr2c  Drosdick, B. ............................... Bkr3c
Schoen, Chas. .......................  Bkr2c  Nattress, G. A. ........................... Sea2c
Davis, F. G. ...........................  Bkr2c  Warner, A. ................................. Sea2c
O'Rourke, I. J. ........................ SK2c  McDermott, S. ........................... Pfc. USMC

A WORD ABOUT THE PLOT

This play concerns Mr. Tom (Corn-Fed) Turkey, a big feather and duster man from
the "wide open spaces." In line with the increased naval expansion program -- this
delectable character and his gang decided to visit the United States Naval Air Station,
Lakehurst, NJ, this Thanksgiving Day to be "stowed away" for a short hop.

The scene of action is the USNAS, Lakehurst, NJ, on Thanksgiving Day, at high noon.
An enthusiastic committee, (all hands), welcome "Tommy" and "His Gang" aboard, with
knives and forks at "Present Arms!" . . . . Now the fun begins!

CAST OF CHARACTERS

The various members of the cast are listed in the order that they come over the gangway.
If our star appears a bit uneasy, the management knows that our audience will not judge
him to harshly . . . . . . . Let's go on with the show!

OVERTURE

"Celery Soup and Crackers," a Symphony, sung by the entire audience, without silencers.
                                                                        . . . . Let joy be unconfined!

PROLOGUE

Mr. See Pickles and his sweetheart, Miss Celery Hearts, who is is well stuffed -- Relished
by all. Followed by a solo by that appetizing California celebrity .......... Miss Ripe Olives.

ACT ONE

A Young Vermont Gentleman ......................... Mr. Tom Turkey
His Weakness ............................. Miss Giblet Gravy
A Saucy Maid ......................................... Miss Cranberry Sauce
Her Boy Friend .......................................... Mr. Oyster Dressing
One of the Can-Can Girls ........................... Miss Buttered Peas
An Irish Dandy ...................................... Mr. Whipped Potatoes


ACT TWO

A Ham What Am ........................................... Mr. Squeal Grunt
A Red Headed Feller ................................... Mr. Tomato Salad
Rolls (a hot guy) ........................................... Mr. Parker House

INTERMISSION

Upon arriving at this point our audience will find it advisable to take time out for a short
period before attempting Act III.

ACT THREE

The Villain .............................................. Mr. O. U. Bumpkin Pie
A Chilly Virgin.................................................. Miss "I" Scream
An Innocent Lass ..................................... Miss Vanilla Wafer
The Tan Dandy ......................................................... Mr. Coffee

SPECIALTIES

A One Act skin-game, featuring those well known artists,

The Vitamin Kids .............................Orange and Apple

A visit to the Nut House ................................................. A Sketch
Mr. and Mrs. Mixed Nuts .................. assisted by a Nut Cracker
"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" ............................. A Popular Ballad
The Knights of Nicotine ............................. Assorted Cigarettes

 

EPILOGUE

A Siesta is now in order. "All Hands," not on watch, to their bunks until
the effects of the play have partially subsided.

WE HOPE YOU LIKED IT


Certificate of graduation.

United States Navy

[derigible image]

Lighter Than Air School

Certificate of Graduation

This is to certify that
Edward Ross Morris

Has completed with honor, the course of instruction in the Lighter-Than-Air School at the Naval
Air Station, Lakehurst, New Jersey, with a mark of 3.75.

W.A. Buckley U.S.N.
Instructor

Rodney Dennett U.S.N.
Officer-in-Charge
December 20, 1930

E.E. Berry U.S.N.
Executive Officer

H.E. Shoemaker U.S.N.
Commanding



Statement of E. R Morris, AMM 1/c on the Loss of the USS Macon

 

    At the work "emergency landing stations," I went to my station 125 starboard (No. 7 engine unit). Hall F 3/c was on watch in the engine room at the time.  Muller, ACMM was also there.  Mr. Thurman was standing in the keel near the unit.  Water temperature of engine was as high as the gauge would register.  Mr. Thurman asked me if there was any water left in the reserve tank.  I told him I thought there was, at that time we noticed water leaking from a hole in bottom of the tank. I brought friction tape and piece of rubber from engine room with assistance of Mr. Thruman, we stopped the leak. Ship was rising nose up, must have been at an angle of 35 or 40 degrees, in a heavy fog or clouds.  Mr. Thurman who was then on the phone at frame 136 starboard -- altimeter read 4000 feet -- told me to go to each engine room on that side and tell them to throw over the side all weight that could be moved.  I carried this out and when I came back, ship was almost level.  Mr. Thurmon said, "We must keep the engines going.  I went into the engine room, water temperature was down to 95 degrees C.  Hall was still in the engine room.  Mr. Thurman came and told me to tell each engine room to be ready to abandon ship.  I carried this out.  When I came back, I looked through open pressure hatch just aft of No. 7 unit and water seemed to be very close.  I then felt a jar and heard a crash, which must have been the tail hitting the water.  I stopped at No. 7 unit.  Hall was in outrigger doorway looking down, evidently getting ready to jump.  I went forward to hatchway at frame 147.5 starboard.  Mr Rippy, Mr. Thurman, Mr Buckley and Davis, CPM were there, a life raft had been dropped and someone had just jumped.  Mr. Rippy said, "I think there is still a life raft in the nose and started that way.  I followed him to the nose.  There were about 12 or 15 other men there, as far as I could make out.  Ship aft of the control car was under water.  We were in a nose up position, seemed to remain stationary for some time.  When the last gas cell blew out we settled some and girders underneath us started to buckle and snap.  We moved outside onto the cover to escape the gas fumes.  The life raft had been lowered just previous to the gas cell bursting.  A few minutes after the cell burst we went into the water and made for the life raft and stayed with it until the Richmond's motor launch picked us up.  I did not notice the time during any of the proceedings. 


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