While my aunt (she was put up for adoption) and I (my mom only got to see him a couple times as a very young child) are doing our research on my maternal grandfather/father during WW2 , my aunt and I found that my mom isn't the oldest child there's a daughter 3-4 yrs older, her son (my cousin) was very close to my grandfather. My grandfather told my cousin he was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne WW2 he and his platoon, very few men 4-8 in the platoon, went on missions one to help Holocaust victims, my cousin and aunt told my aunt that my grandfather had photos the family donated to the Holocaust Museum. Another mission was to hunt down and bring back 3-4 Russians my grandfather said him and his platoon killed the Russians making them to face court-martial but yet my grandfather told my cousin that he was promoted from a private to a Master Sargent. He also said that the CIA told him he had to avoid family contact for at least 5 years because the Russians would be looking for him and they were powerful people. My grandfather also said his platoon was on the last plane and it like the others were shot down.
Orville Eugene Morris born July 16th 1924 passed away February 12 1994. I told my aunt a lot of what my cousin was told sounds like bologna. He doesn't have a Military foot stone on the headstone is his and his wife's names, information and for him it does show he was in the Military but no separate Military stone. I'm really confused as is my aunt as we didn't grow up with or know him. We're having to go by stories he raised my cousin up telling.
- Does any of this information fit any Military history, why wouldn't he have a foot stone, one that states his service time and rank? (my paternal grandfather whom was a Army Private in WW2 and my step dad who was a Army Vietnam Veteran both had a Military foot stone plus their regular headstones) my understanding my grandfather had an honorable discharge. Oh and there was supposedly one of his brothers Virgil McKinley Morris or Chalmer Harrison Morris that were possibly POWs, but my cousin did say that our grandfather wasn't sure if either of his brothers were in a camp. Oh and my other question is if my grandfather wasn't doing journalism how could he have gotten the pictures the family said they donated to the Holocaust Museum? I as well as my aunt are confused as to what is true and isn't that my grandfather told my cousin.