Ivy, James Morrow, III, LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1415-Chemical Combat Support Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Chemical (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1942, 1542, POW/MIA
Service Years
1928 - 1942

Infantry

Lieutenant Colonel



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Georgia
Georgia
Year of Birth
1904
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Unknown
Last Address
Philippines

Casualty Date
Apr 15, 1942
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Other Cause
Location
Philippines
Conflict
WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Bataan Death March
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Unknown

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1942, World War II Fallen [Verified]


 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
23rd Infantry Regiment8th Infantry Division57th Infantry Regiment71st Infantry Division
POW/MIA
  1928-1931, 1542, 10th Infantry Division
  1934-1936, 1542, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment/HHC
  1938-1939, 1542, 8th Infantry Division
  1939-1941, 1542, 57th Infantry Regiment
  1941-1942, 1542, 71st Infantry Division
  1942-1942, 1542, POW/MIA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Bataan Death March
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1924-1928, United States Military Academy
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Last Known Activity
Over 36 years have passed since the Bataan Death March when the last defenders of Corregidor endured incredible hardships and death during that inhumane, merciless trek.
 
It was much to my distress when I realized that one of our classmates, Colonel James Morrow Ivy, suffered a brutal death on the march and his passing has never been duly recorded in an obit. I wish I could say I hastened to amend this omission, but events conspired to cause me to delay this too long overdue recognition.

As a cadet, Morrow did not seem to have much difficulty either academically or militarily. He ambled along, ready to discourse on almost any topic, but most especially his frequent summers, travels and experiences with Red Path Chautauqua for which he took a lot of good natured ribbing. This was his trademark, as a cadet, and in the service, a good nature‚??affable, a ready sense of humor, even when he turned it on himself, but a good soldier all the way.

To get the story of his life in the service, I wrote to his widow Garnett, who lives an active life in San Antonio. Here is what she said in part:

‚??After Morrow graduated from West Point he had a crack at the Air Force at Brooks Field in San Antonio, but was washed out. He was transferred to the 10th Infantry, Fort Thomas, Kentucky, where I met him 9 June 1929. We were married 11 September 1929. James Morrow Ivy IV was born there 28 June 1930. We were sent to the Philippines the spring of 1931, stationed at Fort McKinley for 3 months, then transferred to Camp John Hay, Baguio, Philippine Islands, a rest camp 5,000 feet up in the mountains where we stayed until 1934 when we went to Fort Benning, Georgia, for Infantry. (Our youngest son, Richard Dudley Ivy, was born in the Philippine Islands on 5 March 1933.)
 
‚??After Infantry School, Morrow was transferred to Fort Sam Houston, Texas, where he commanded M Company, 23d Infantry. From Fort Sam Houston we went to Fort Screven, Georgia, in 1936, where he served with the 8th Infantry until we went back to the Philippine Islands and Fort McKinley in December 1939. There he served with the 57th Infantry as captain until the war began 7 December 1941. The children and I were evacuated from the Philippine Islands in the spring of 1941 when we returned to the States, Morrow staying on in the 57th Infantry under General Brower when war came.
 
‚??When war started he was promoted to major and assigned to Headquarters as Headquarters Commandant and served as such until 1 March 1942 when General Stevens, commanding the 71st Division, requested that he be assigned to the 71st Division. Under General Stevens, he served as Division 03 and was promoted to lieutenant colonel. He served as G3 until the surrender of Bataan. The 71st Division was part of the Luzon Force, commanded by General Edward King after General MacArthur left for Australia and General Wainwright took his place at Corregidor.
 
‚??On the Bataan Death March, Morrow suffered a kidney stone attack and so was unable to keep up with the others on the March. The Japanese tortured him, shot and bayonnetted him and hung his body to a tree as an example to others on the March. He was killed 15 April 1942. His body was later buried by Filipinos, then moved again, and now lies in the National Cemetery at Fort McKinley. His class ring was returned to me so I know for sure.
 
‚??From the fall of Bataan in 1942 until November after the war was over in 1945, he was carried as ‚??missing in action.‚?? It was really dreadful, but I‚??m glad he was killed then and didn‚??t have to go through the torture and starvation in Japanese prison camps only to die at the last as so many did.

‚??The children and I lived in Kentucky during the war and when it was over, I brought them to San Antonio and finished raising them, working as a realtor. I am retired now of course.

‚??The boys and I are fine. At least they had a father they could be very proud of. I think Morrow would be pleased with his sons. Dick lives outside of Dallas. James Morrow Ivy IV is a retired lieutenant colonel living with his family in Huntsville, Alabama.

‚??I painted a portrait of Morrow from a West Point picture as I did not have a more recent picture to go by. I took it to the photographers to have it copied, but they said due to the texture of the canvas they could not properly reproduce it. Finally I got a copy with by little one-step camera and am enclosing it for you.‚??

Who can tell Morrow Ivy‚??s story better? About the man, I can say he was even tempered, good natured, fun to be around, and a good soldier. In part, the 1928 HOWITZER says, ‚??For four years, this big fellow‚??s unselfishness and cheerfulness placed him high in the affection of his classmates.‚?? Also, regarding Morrow‚??s dogged determination, the HOWITZER says, ‚??Being ‚??cannon fodder‚?? for an Army line for three years would have discouraged a less determined and more selfish man, for it is not one of the more pleasant experiences. The thought of failing never even occurred to Morrow.‚?? I liked him and I am proud to write what I know about him.

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