Morison, Robert Brown

November 14, 2005

On Saturday, November 12, 2005, at Coastal Hospice by the Lake in Salisbury, ROBERT BROWN MORISON, 84. Raised in Salisbury, he was the son of the late Patrick Allison Morison and Polly Magruder Morison. A graduate of The Tome School, Mr. Morison was a student at Lehigh University at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Mr. Morison left school and enlisted in the Army Air Force. After training, he was assigned as a tail gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress with the 385th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, based in England. He flew 26 combat missions over Germany and occupied France in 1943 and 1944. On their final mission their plane, nicknamed "Pride of the Yankees", was badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire, losing two of its four engines and severely wounding a crewmember. Forced to drop out of formation, the plane came under attack from behind by a German aircraft. As the tail gunner, Mr. Morison was able to fight off the attacker, eventually shooting down the last German JU 88. For this, and other actions, Mr. Morison was awarded the Air Medal with three oak clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, Mr. Morison enrolled at the University of Virginia and was a graduate of its Mc Intyre School of Commerce. After graduation, he became an underwriter with the United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company, retiring as Assistant Vice President in 1982. Mr. Morison was a long time advocate of sports and physical fitness and ran several miles a day for over 40 years. He also enjoyed playing tennis, touch football and swimming. A long time season ticket holder of the Baltimore Colts, Mr. Morison became a season ticket holder and supporter of the U.S. Naval Academy football team after the Colts' demise. Mr. Morison was a life long student of history and politics, and was a distant cousin of the famed historian, Samuel Eliot Morison. Mr. Morison is survived by his wife of 58 years, Eloise Wright Morison; a son, S. Ridgely Morison, and a daughter-in-law, Renee Hunter Morison. A brother, Roland Morison, preceded him in death. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802, or to the American Air Museum in Britain, Imperial War Museum Duxford, CB2 4QR, UK. At his request, no services are planned. Arrangements are being handled by Short Funeral Home, Delmar.

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