George Stephen Morrison

George Stephen Morrison

United States Admiral
Born Jan 7, 1919

George Stephen Morrison was a Rear 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 Incident of August 1964. He was the father of Jim Morrison, the lead singer of the rock band The Doors.… Read More

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1919 Birth Born on January 7, 1919.


1938 19 Years Old Morrison entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1938.


1941 22 Years Old 1 More Event
He graduated in 1941, was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy, and was sent to Hawaii where he joined the crew of the minelayer.
1942 23 Years Old Morrison met and married Clara Clarke (1919-2005) in Hawaii in 1942. … Read More
1943 24 Years Old In 1943 he began flight training at NAS Pensacola, Florida, graduating in spring 1944. … Read More


1963 44 Years Old In 1963, Morrison took command of the, flagship of a 3rd Fleet Carrier Division in the Pacific,and based at Naval Air Station, Alameda, California.
1964 45 Years Old Morrison was in command of the Carrier Division during the controversial Gulf of Tonkin Incident in 1964, which resulted in a dramatic escalation of the Vietnam War.
1966 47 Years Old In 1966 he was promoted to Rear Admiral; at age 46.
1968 49 Years Old In WestPac 1968 he was Commander of Task Force 77, the USS Hancock CVA-19 served as his flagship. … Read More


1971 52 Years Old 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 age 27.
1972 53 Years Old In 1972, he was appointed Commander Naval Forces Marianas.
1975 56 Years Old 1 More Event
As such, he was in charge of relief efforts for Vietnamese refugees sent to Guam after the 1975 fall of Saigon.


2005 86 Years Old In retirement, the Morrisons lived in Coronado and Chula Vista, California. Clara Clarke Morrison, 86, died after a long illness in Coronado on December 29, 2005.
2008 90 Years Old Rear Admiral Morrison died in Coronado on November 17, 2008. … Read More
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