During the first attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, Capt. D.P. "Buck" Morris was a signalman aboard the USS Phelps (DD-360) Destroyer. USS Phelps survived the attack, shooting down at least one enemy aircraft while providing critical anti-aircraft fires during the attack. USS Phelps ultimately became one of the most active Destroyers of the Pacific war.
Buck Morris embodies the heart and soul of the patriot. In tribute to Mr. Morris, we will annually award a Veteran who demonstrates the patriotism, integrity, family values, and sense of community and giving that Mr. Morris has lead a life exemplifying.
Our award for 2014 was presented to U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Calvin Davis.