Remembering Jerry Morgan, Texas WWII Veteran
The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC) is very saddened by the recent news of the passing of WWII veteran Jerry Morgan. Mr. Morgan was interviewed in 2012 by Dr. Stephen Sloan, director of the Institute for Oral History at Baylor University, for the THGC’s Texas Liberators Oral History Project.
At the time of his passing, Mr. Morgan lived in Midland, Texas. He attended Oklahoma University after high school, where he spent two years training as a reserve officer. He joined the military on November 4th, 1940, and trained at many camps across the country, including Camp Barkeley near Abilene, and Camp Hood (now Ft. Hood) in Killeen. Mr. Morgan was shipped first to Africa, and fought through Italy and France before arriving in Germany toward the end of WWII. It was there that he stumbled upon the Dachau concentration camp, riding a rail car that led straight to the ovens, accompanied by a fellow serviceman.
“We had heard all kinds of rumors about concentration camps, about how they treated people and what they did to them,” explained Mr. Morgan. “Believe me, the Holocaust existed. They [three rail cars located in the camp] were loaded with bodies…The whole truth became evident at that time.”
Mr. Morgan spent a total of 515 days in combat, rising to the rank of Major. Reflecting on World War II and the hardships he and the other soldiers faced, Mr. Morgan said, “I think that the attitude all the way through was such that, we have a job to do…I think that’s what really put us through what we were doing.” Below is the recording of Mr. Morgan’s interview with Dr. Stephen Sloan; please take time to listen to his remarkable story and remember those who fought to defeat Hitler and his Nazis.