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Admiral George Stephen Morrison

George Stephen Morrison (January 7, 1919 - November 17, 2008), was an admiral and naval aviator in the United States Navy. Morrison was commander of the U.S. naval forces in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Gulf of Tonkin Incidents of August 1964. He was the father of Doors lead singer Jim Morrison.[1][2][3]


Early life and Career

Morrison was born in Rome, Georgia to Caroline and Paul Raymund Morrison. and raised in Leesburg, Florida.[2]


Morrison entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1938. He graduated in 1941, was commissioned an ensign in the US Navy, and was sent to Hawaii. In 1943 he studied flight training in Pensacola, Florida, graduating in Spring 1944. Morrison flew missions in the Pacific Theater for the duration of World War II.[4]

In 1963, Morrison took command of the Essex-class carrier Bon Homme Richard, flagship of a Pacific naval fleet. Morrison was in command of the fleet during the Gulf of Tonkin Incident in 1964. In 1967, he was promoted to Admiral and in 1972, he was appointed Commander of Naval Forces in the Marianas.[5] He was in charge of relief efforts for Vietnamese refugees after the 1975 fall of Saigon.[6]

Admiral Morrison was the keynote speaker at the decommissioning ceremony for Bon Homme Richard, his first ship as an admiral, on July 3, 1971 in Washington D.C., the same day his son, Jim Morrison died in Paris, France at the age of 27.

Morrison retired in 1975.[6]

Personal life

Morrison met and married Clara Clarke in Hawaii in 1942. Their son, Jim, was born in 1943 in Melbourne, Florida.[4] A daughter, Anne Robin, was born in 1947 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a son, Andrew Lee Morrison, was born in 1948 in Los Altos, California.[7]

In retirement, the Morrisons lived in Coronado and Chula Vista, California. Clara Clarke Morrison, 89, died after a long illness in Coronado on December 29, 2005. Rear Admiral Morrison died in Coronado on November 17, 2008. His private memorial service was held on November 24 at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego. His ashes were scattered at sea near the same spot off Point Loma where his wife's ashes had been scattered nearly three years earlier.


  1. ^ Inside the Laurel Canyon: The Strange but Mostly True Story of Laurel Canyon and the Birth of the Hippie Generation
  2. ^ a b "George 'Steve' Morrison; rear admiral flew combat missions in lengthy career" by Steve Liewer, San Diego Union-Tribune, November 28, 2008
  3. ^ "George S. Morrison, 89, Admiral In Tonkin Gulf and Singer's Father" by William Grimes, New York Times, December 9, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Livepress encyclopedia retrieved April 8, 2008
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  6. ^ a b "Rear-Admiral George Morrison: father of Jim Morrison", The London Times, December 11, 2008, retrieved 30-08-2009
  7. ^ "Dead Famous: Jim Morrison", The Biography Channel. (Retrieved December 2, 2007).


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