Bridgeport war hero being honored at Will’s Hill
A Bridgeport veteran who was killed in action During World War II, will be honored in a flag-raising ceremony on Wednesday on Will’s Hill, overlooking the village of Bridgeport.
The flag will be raised in honor of Private Arthur M. Morgan Jr., who served with the 159th Engineer Company. He was killed in action at Dutch Harbor in Alaska on June 3. 1942, He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. Dutch Harbor was a U.S. Naval Base in Alaska.
According to a family member, Morgan was killed in the only attack by the Japanese on American soil during the war. The men were assembling for roll call and because it was an engineering company, they were all unarmed. There were four bombers and 15 fighter planes which took part in the attack.
Morgan was inducted into the army on Jan. 7, 1942, and was assigned to an engineering company at Ford Leonard Wood Missouri. He completed his basic training there and then went to Seattle, Washington from where he sailed for Alaska.
Born in Bridgeport, Morgan was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Morgan, Sr. The family resided on National Road in the Wolfhurst-Lansing area. Young Morgan attended Bridgeport schools.
Prior to entering the service, Morgan was employed at the Costanzo Coal Mine in Warwood, where his father was also employed.
Morgan had two sisters, Mrs. Ernest Mruzek of Bridgeport, and Mrs. Oliver Greene of Martins Ferry. Five nieces reside in the area and two are out of town.
His body was returned home and he is buried in Weeks Cemetery in Bridgeport.
Morgan is the 13th deceased veteran to be honored at a flag raising ceremony. Each month, a flag is raised to honor a deceased veteran. For more information about having a flag raised, contact Tom Tuefel, at (740) 635-1102. His address is 41 Maple St, Bridgeport, Ohio, 43912.