In Honor and Memory Of...
Three American Heroes
Memorial Day 2018 provides an opportunity for reflection and gratitude to the courageous defenders of our national freedom. The Ballast Pointe family especially reveres three members of “the greatest generation” who served with honor and sacrifice and who have gone to their heavenly reward.
Tech Clinton Morgan perished while leading an amphibious landing group in Germany during the final days of WWII. A member of the 13th Armory Division “Black Cats,” he was remembered by fellow Black Catters as a serious, quiet man—capable, solid and committed to God, family and country. His only daughter, Doris, grew up missing his physical presence, never having met him, but was surrounded by his spirit through loving memories of those who knew him.
CPO Pete Maye, a Navy corpsman, served with the 1st Marine Division on Guadalcanal. Upon war's end he returned home bearing scars, including the lingering effects of malaria. He rarely spoke of his time in service, like so many of this generation, preferring to look forward and focus on building a good life for his family. He was a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather. A superb dancer and drummer, he also possessed a sly wit and a remarkable eye for color. We often smile and tell Dana, “That's where you get your amazing color talent from!”
Dental Technician W.E. (Billy) Hawthorne survived the Korean War but left us way too early almost forty years ago. A father of three boys, he rarely missed a chance to demonstrate an intense commitment to hard work and self-reliance. His was a determination that value is earned—no handouts, no debts; that “the measure of a man” is in honest toil conducted to exacting high standards. It is a fitting tribute that those three sons continue to model their father's work ethic, commitment to excellence, and dogged self-reliance.
“[Memorial Day] is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It's a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in...[cemeteries all over the world.] It's a day to be with the family and remember.” President Ronald Reagan, May 1986.
We miss them. We honor them. Our hearts remember. May they rest in peace.