John Bernard Morey
April 28, 1917 – October 7, 2019
Colonel (ret) John B. Morey of Windcrest, San Antonio, died on October 7, 2019 at the age of 102. Born April 28, 1917, in Vernon Illinois. Col Morey was raised in central Illinois and attended the University of Illinois and Illinois State University, majoring in journalism. Having left college in 1941 to enlist in the Army Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet, he was undergoing primary flight training when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and World War ll began.
Cadet Morey took his basic flight training at Randolph Field where his class 42E, prided itself on being the class to wear the traditional “cadet blue” uniforms. Receiving his commission and piolet’s wings at Lubbock Army Air Base in May 1942. He served as a flight instructor there and, later at Frederick, Oklahoma. In late 1943 he volunteered for what was advertised as “active Artic combat” in Alaska and while undergoing training for this mission at Buckley Field, Denver, Colorado, He married Jean Rogers of Waco, Texas on November 28, 1943. Jean preceded him in death in 1993, just three weeks after the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary.
By the time Lieutenant Morey’s group arrived in Canada in route to its assignment, the Japanese has left the Aleutians and he spent the bulk of the remaining war years as a search and rescue piolet in Yukon Territory Canada and as a transport piolet for the Alaskan division, Air Transport Command. Jean joined him in Edmonton, Alberta, but returned to Waco in late 1945 for the birth of their first child, John.
Separated from active duty in November 1945, John returned to Texas and was employed as editor of a small daily newspaper and later bought and published a weekly newspaper in Wichita Falls, Texas. It was here that John’s second son, Stephen was born in 1947. Becoming dissatisfied with journalism, he enrolled in law school at Baylor University in 1948. A year later, however, he was recalled to active duty to fly the Berlin Airlift, where he served as instructor Pilot and, later, in the Chief Pilot’s office, Headquarters first Airlift Task Force, Wiesbaden, Germany.
Returning to the United States after the Airlift ended, he as assigned to the Legal Office at Lackland AFB, San Antonio. In May 1952, flying duties again called and he was transferred to Pusan, Korea, where he flew a combat tour in the B-26 “Night Intruders”. For this service, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Air Metal (AM) with Oak Leaf cluster. Following the end of the Korean conflict, Colonel Morey returned, circuitously, to Lackland AFB and resumed his law studies at St. Mary’s University. He received his law degree in May, 1957, and promptly joined the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Department. His ten year military legal career included, in addition to Lackland, duty tours as trial and defense council and military judge, at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, Chanute AFB, Illinois and Randolph AFB, Texas. He was licensed to practice law before the United State Court of Military Appeals, the United States Supreme Court, as well as all Texas Courts. Colonel Morey retired from active military duty on January 31, 1968, as Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, headquarters Air Training Command, at Randolph AFB, Texas. Military awards awarded him, in addition to the DFC and AM, included the AF Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, United Nations and Korean Unit Citation with three battle Stars, and a Number of theatre and service medals.
Following retirement from the Air Force, Colonel Morey practiced law in the Windcrest area until late 1978 when he retired completely. He is survived by his son John Bryan Morey of San Antonio, Texas. Stephen Rogers Morey of Henderson, Nevada, his youngest son died of cancer on September 20, 2019; four grandsons David Bryan Morey, Todd Andrew Morey, Phillip Austin Morey, and Adam Rogers Morey and nine great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Coker United Methodist Church at a later date. Internment services will be held in Sunset Memorial Park and Cemetery on Friday, October 11, with full military honors. In lieu of flowers. Donations may be made to the Health and Wellness Center at Coker Methodist Church.
- He married Jean Rogers of Waco, Texas on November 28, 1943. Jean preceded him in death in 1993, just three weeks after the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary. He is survived by his son John Bryan Morey of San Antonio, Texas. Stephen Rogers Morey of Henderson, Nevada, his youngest son died of cancer on September 20, 2019; four grandsons David Bryan Morey, Todd Andrew Morey, Phillip Austin Morey, and Adam Rogers Morey and nine great grandchildren
- Graveside Service Friday, October 11, 2019