Maurice "Christopher" Morley was honored on Pearl Harbor Day with the dedication of a new pavilion at VFW Post 358 in Ballston Spa.
continued Because of the war and the effort it took for him to read, Morley was unable to graduate with his class. He finally received his high school diploma while in his eighties.
During his years in the military, Morley worked as an aircraft gunner in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He returned home with more than a dozen battle stars for his service.
Morley remained a dedicated member of the VFW and the Rotary, while continually supporting the Brookside Museum and local history. In his spare time, he created woodcarvings and toys he would demonstrate for children who visited the museum.
“He helped lay the first brick of our new building when it was built in the late 1950s,” said Manning. “He was a very hands-on person. Eventually he couldn’t do much because of his age, but if he could help out in some way, he did.”
Manning said Morley often visited the post during the construction of the pavilion to “oversee” the project, having no idea it would soon be named in his honor. “He was a fixture here and will be missed.”
Hauprich called Morley “a pillar of the community.”
“He was always looking for ways to serve long after he took off his marine uniform,” she said. “We will never see anyone like him again.”