Charles Horatia Mcmorris Edit Profile
Born in Wetumpka, Alabama, McMorris attended public schools in Wetumpka for several years before entering the United States Naval Academy on June 26, 1908.
After graduating fifth in his class on June 8, 1912, McMorris served as an ensign aboard several battleships including the Delaware (BB-28), Montana (ACR-13), and New Hampshire (BB-25), later taking part in the occupation of Veracruz in 1914 as part of the United States' intervention into Mexico. He also served aboard the battleship Maryland (ACR-8) which salvaged the submarine F-4 following its sinking off the coast of Honolulu, Hawaii in 1915. World War I
A junior officer during World War I, McMorris saw combat in the Atlantic aboard the destroyers Shaw (DD-68) and Meredith (DD-165) before his promotion to Lieutenant in 1918.
During the inter-war years, McMorris was stationed in various sea and shore posts before his graduation from the Naval War College in 1938, serving as operations officer to the Hawaiian-based US fleet from 1939 until 1941. World War II
Appointed war plans officer to the Pacific Fleet following the attack on Pearl Harbor, he remained in this post until April 1942 when he was assigned command of Cruiser Task Force 8 led by the cruiser San Francisco (CA-38). Post-war
Briefly serving as Vice Admiral from September 23, 1944 until July 1948, McMorris would serve as commander of the 4th Fleet and President of the General Board before assuming command of Pearl Harbor's Fourteenth Naval District on August 25, 1948.
McMorris would eventually command the Pearl Harbor naval base before retiring to Marietta, Pennsylvania, where he lived until his death in 1954. The destroyer escort USS McMorris (DE-1036) would later be named after him.