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Heroes From the Heart of Virginia: Lt. Colonel Henry Morris

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Lynchburg, VA - Lt. Colonel Henry Morris served in the United States Army for 20 years serving two tours through Vietnam.

Morris retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1983 and until recently did not have much contact with those he worked with so closely during his time in Vietnam.

"All of this stuff comes back to you, if you sit down and read about it. This is sort of my era: Vietnam," Morris said.

It's been 45 years, but the dates, names, and faces are still fresh in the mind of Lieutenant Colonel Henry Morris; the men who fought for freedom by his side and some who never made it home.

Colonel Morris arrived back on American soil on the July 16, 1968. In August of that year, he heard that his friend, soldier David Embry, had been killed in action.

"The army said 'There's a Mrs. Embry in Rockfish County. She said she wanted to know if you would come to her son's funeral.' I said 'Sure.' And I knew from the Army Times that he'd been killed and about seven or eight of my other guys," Morris remembered.

Military service has a way of bringing people together and making them family. It wasn't until almost four decades later, however, that Colonel Morris realized how many brothers in arms he actually has.

 

"The best unit in Vietnam, if you had to go, that's the Black Horse," Morris said.

When Morris heard about a reunion for the 11th Armored Cavalry Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia, he found the roster for his unit.

There were 250 names. Morris called all he could find. Some 26 showed up in September of 2007.

"And they were glad to see me," Morris added.

Morris says he wasn't sure how they'd react to seeing him again, especially since he was often the one barking orders at them.

One soldier Morris even remembered demoting for disciplinary reasons, but there were no hard feelings.

"He hollered out, ‘Captain Morris!' and I turned around and looked. It was my driver! He recognized me after 39 years, which is incredible." Morris said.

During his second tour, Morris lived in a South Vietnamese Village. Although he's never been back- he often wonders what happened to the many Vietnamese he came in contact with.

"They are lovely people. They really are. And they're gentle and I would've liked to have gone back," Morris said.

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