THE MILITARY OFFICERS
ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA CAPE CANAVERAL CHAPTER (MOAACC) is the second
largest chapter of MOAA with approximately 1450 members. Our
social/service organization has been active in Brevard County since
1958. It is dedicated to supporting the goals and national legislative
programs of MOAA and preserving programs beneficial to retired as well
as active duty, Reserve and National Guard of the seven uniformed
services, their dependents and survivors. Secondly through social
activities and meetings like the Thursday Morning Breakfast Club (TMBC),
the monthly luncheon and evening parties held five or six times yearly,
we promote a camaraderie so necessary for working together on our many
other projects in community service and philanthropic causes.
5 Star Award
Presented by MOAA
Every Year Since 2003
SFC Melvin Morris, USA Ret
Date: 1/20/2015 Time: 11:30 AM
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Location: Tides Club on Highway A1A across from Patrick AFB.
Program: Our speaker will be SFC Melvin Morris, USA Ret who in 2014 received the Medal of Honor for acts above and beyond the call of duty in the Vietnam War.
Sergeant First Class Melvin Morris, United States Army, Retired
Medal of Honor Recipient
SFC Morris was born in Okmulgee, Okla., Jan. 7, 1942. He entered the Oklahoma Army National Guard in 1959 and later requested to join the active Army. He became one of the first Soldiers to don the 'green beret' at the command of President John F. Kennedy, Fort Bragg, N.C., in 1961. SFC Morris volunteered twice for deployments to Vietnam.
In September 1969, while commanding the Third Company, Third Battalion of the IV Mobile Strike Force near Chi Lang, then Staff Sgt Morris led an advance across enemy lines to retrieve a fallen team commander. After assisting two wounded men back to his forces’ lines, he continued his assault, destroyed machine gun emplacements with hand grenades and ultimately eliminated four bunkers. Staff Sergeant Morris repulsed the enemy, retrieved his fallen comrade and began the arduous trek back to friendly lines. He was wounded three times as he struggled forward, but ultimately succeeded in returning his fallen comrade to a friendly position. He also retrieved a map that included strategic information that would have been trouble if it fell into enemy hands. For his actions, Staff Sgt Morris was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in April 1970 for extraordinary heroism during this 1969 battle. After receiving the award, he returned to Vietnam the same month for his second tour.
To correct potential acts of bias against minorities who may have been passed over for the U.S. military's highest honor, the 2002 National Defense Authorization Act directed the Army to conduct a review of the records of each Jewish American and Hispanic American veteran who received a Service Cross during or after World War II for possible upgrade to the Medal of Honor. The Army reviewed the cases of the 6,505 recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross from World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars and found an eligible pool of 600 soldiers who may have been Jewish or Hispanic. From that pool, the actions in 24 records met the criteria “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty” and were deemed eligible for awarding the Medal of Honor; eight fought in the Vietnam War, nine in the Korean War and seven in World War II.
SFC Morris received the Medal of Honor, March 18, 2014 and is one of only three of the recipients still living.
SFC Morris served 22 years in the Army and retired in 1985. He moved to Brevard County, Fla., in 1989 and currently resides in Cocoa with his wife, Mary.
SFC Morris' other awards include: Bronze Star Medal with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device and one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal Silver with one Loop, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one Silver Star, Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral "3", Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral "4", Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Expert Marksmanship Badge with Rifle Bar, Special Forces Tab, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Bronze Star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with "60" Device, Vietnam Parachutist Badge, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm Device, Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal Citation, First Class.