Dorris Dile Moorehead, my Father, was a paratrooper in the 503rd Parachute Group, U S Army. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and a Victory Medal. He was part of the "invasion force" for Japan but after the dropping of the atomic bombs, he became part of the "occupation" force. He was 20 years old.

He completed his paratrooper training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Georgia where he met my Mother, Mary Jane Kerr. They married on October 24, 1944 just before he shipped out . He returned in January, 1946. He moved us to Texas where they raised 4 sons and 2 daughters. Dad was very talented musically and had a beautiful tenor voice. He played the piano and the French horn and Trumpet.

He could have qualified to stay in the States as a Chaplain's Assistant but he chose to stay with his unit and fought in the Pacific Theater. He was an amazing man, a terrific husband and father. He is my hero!!!



Thank you to Dawn Street for submitting your father Dorris Moorehead to be featured in Secure America Now’s veteran recognition program: Home of the Free - Because of the Brave.


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