William Berryman Morrow
William Berryman Morrow
  • May 16, 1920 - October 12, 2017
  • Annapolis, Maryland

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Captain William B. Morrow USN (Ret) died in Annapolis, Maryland October 12, 2017. He was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey on May 16, 1920. After a year in the Naval Reserve, he entered the Naval Academy June 1938 and graduated with the class of 1942 on December 19, 1941. He also graduated from the Naval War College and National War College during his career. During World War II, Captain Morrow first served as Gunnery Officer on the USS Moffett (DD-362), which was credited with sinking two German submarines and rescuing fifty survivors. Following was duty aboard surface ships, mainly destroyers. He commanded USS Meredith (DD-890), USS Frontier (AD-25), Destroyer Division 153 (Navy’s first guided missile division), and Destroyer Squadron 22. Captain Morrow served on several afloat staffs in an operational capacity, including Commander Cruiser Destroyer Flotilla Four, where he was the Operations Officer and had additional duty as Project Mercury Plans and Operations Officer responsible for the development of the recovery plan for the first space shot in the Project Mercury Program. His shore assignments included instructor duty at Holy Cross University, a planning assignment in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and as Destroyer Officer Placement and Assignments in the Office of the Chief of Naval Personnel. While in this position he developed the original concept and initial curriculum for the U.S. Navy Destroyer School, which later became the Surface Warfare School. He also served as Director of the European, Middle East and African Operation Division of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and later as the Director of Plans and Operations on the major maritime NATO Commander’s staff (SACLANT). His military decorations included two Legion of Merit awards and various campaign and service medal awards for service in World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam.

After retirement in 1972 Captain Morrow resided in Severna Park, Maryland from 1975 until July 2001 when he moved to Annapolis, Maryland. He was active in support of the Naval Academy Alumni Association and the Naval Academy Golf Association. He started and directed the first Naval Academy Men’s Golf Group, the Senior Men’s Golf Group, and the Alumni Association Homecoming Golf Tournament. He was a life member of the USNA Alumni Association. He also served as a volunteer member on the Board of Directors of Ginger Cove, a continuing life care retirement community in Annapolis.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Nancy Gosnell Morrow, who passed away in 2013. He is survived by his daughter, Anne Morrow Lambrecht of San Diego, California and his son, William Berryman Morrow, Jr of London, England, his granddaughter, Robin Elizabeth Barnes of New York City, New York, and his sister, Kit Wyper of Fountain Hills, Arizona.

A private inurnment service will be held by his family at the Naval Academy Columbarium. Memorial donations may be made to USNA Alumni Association and marked “for the Captain William B. Morrow Award Fund”, which perpetuates an award for the Naval Academy Men and Women Golf Team’s annual most valuable player.