Willard Franklin Morelock

Military Data
Length Service 12
Unit 3rd platoon, H Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, III MAF

Casualty Data
Start Tour 17 August 1968
Incident Date 24 September 1968
Casualty Date 24 September 1968
Age at Loss 30
Location , South Vietnam
Remains Body recovered
Casualty Type Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason Ground casualty
Casualty Detail Gun or small arms fire

Vietnam Wall Panel 42W Line 006

Walter Rudzikewycz
Platoon 206 SeniorDrill Instrucutor
Farmingville NY 11738 US
Semper Fi
SSgt Morelock was my Senior Drill Instructor Platoon 206 which graduated in April 1968……As many Marines we never forget our Drill Instructors. I thank him for making me a Marine…..Rest in Peace….Semper Fi….
Jun 11, 2007

Charles Taliano
served on Drill Field at Parris Island together
Dear Bill I think of and pray for you often. It has been a long time. The Drill Instructors Association is erecting a monument to all DI’s at Parris Island. The dedicaton will take place April 24, 1999. I have purchased a ‘Brick’ inscribed in your memory that will be placed in the walkway around the monument. If at all possible, I would like to contact your wife or children. Bill, God Bless You. Semper Fi! Your friend and fellow DI, Sgt. T
Friday, February 12, 1999

Joseph Botero
4241 N. 55th Place
Phoenix, AZ 85018 USA
Honorable Man
Sgt. Morelock was my platoon Sgt at Parris Island in 1967. He was tough and that characteristic inspired me to strive to do my best. I survived viet due to his strict discipline that he instilled in me. Thank You, Sgt. Morelock, because of you I came back.
Friday, December 07, 2001

joseph di frulo
fellow marine paris island
54 bay street landing
staten island, ny 10301 us
thank you
Sgt Morelock was my DI at Paris Island. I remember him with pride and affection. His dedication to his recruits was and still is something I will cherish for the rest of my life. The lessons he taught serve me to this day i’m eternally greatful. He is my hero.
Monday, May 01, 2006

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, 1 October 1968
Marine S.Sgt. Willard F. Morelock, husband of Mrs. Ruby Nelson Morelock, Route 5, has been killed in the war in Vietnam, the Defense Department reported Monday. He also leaves three daughters, Sandra, Anita and Julie, all at home; his mother, Mrs. Ruby Morelock of Kingsport; three sisters, Mrs. Carolyn Carter, Mrs. Eunice Taylor and Miss Jean Morelock, all of Kingsport; three brothers, Sgt. Walter Morelock, U.S. Army at Ft. Benning, Ga., Kenneth Morelock and Paul Morelock, both of Kingsport; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Howell of Bristol; a half-sister, Mrs. Lola Buchanan of Kingsport and a half-brother, Orville Morelock of Kingsport.

  • Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 19 January 1938
  • Date of death: 24 September 1968
  • County: Sullivan
  • Hometown: Kingsport
  • Service Branch: Marine Corps
  • Division/Assignment: 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division
  • Conflict: Vietnam
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Kingsport, Sullivan County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XXIV, Middle Panel
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