U.S.S. Little Rock
Commanding Officer Biography

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Captain Robert E. Morris
27 Jul 72  - 24 Jul 73

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Captain Robert E. Morris, USN, was born in Richmond Heights, Missouri on 01 April 1931. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University in 1952, and was commissioned as an Ensign in October of the same year at the Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island.

Captain Morris first served as Assistant Communications Officer aboard USS ROCHESTER (CA-124).  His sea duty. tours have included Operations Officer on USS BEATTY (DD-756) , Executive Officer on USS HOOPER (DE-1026) and USS PREBLE (DLG-15) , and Commanding Officer of USS PARSONS (DDG-33).

Captain Morris has also served ashore in a variety of capacities. He was Flag Lieutenant for JUSMAGG Athens and later Assistant Head of Officer Recruiting in the Bureau of Naval Personnel.

More recently, he has been head of the Atlantic / European / Middle East Section, Current Plans Branch of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.  He has twice served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, International Security Affairs.

He has been a student, Command and Staff, at the Naval War College, and has studied at the National War College. In 1964. he received an M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University.

On 27 July 1972 Captain Morris assumed command of the light guided missile cruiser USS Little Rock CLG 4.

Among other awards Captain Morris is a recipient of the Legion of Merit (with gold star)

Captain Morris is married to the former Marjorie B. Greene of Newport, Rhode Island.

Captain and Mrs. Morris have a daughter, Carolyn.


Robert Eastin Morris
Published in Apr. 18, 1990, issue of "Princeton Alumni Weekly"

BOB MORRIS died on Dec. 30, 1989, after a massive heart attack. His funeral was held in St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Milwaukee, and he was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.

Bob retired from the U.S. Navy in 1977 as a Rear Admiral. His last duty was in the Pentagon as director of strategic planning, programming, and budgeting for the Surface Navy.

After graduation from Princeton, Bob joined the Navy, was commissioned, and served three years in Korean waters. He then accepted assignment to an admiral's staff in Athens. In 1959, Bob returned to Newport, R.I., where he married Marjorie Britton Greene. During the Vietnam War, Bob commanded the U.S.S. PARSONS and the U.S.S. LITTLE ROCK. He was awarded the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.

Bob was a cum laude graduate, majoring in S.P.H. (English), and he belonged to Key and Seal. He received his M.A. in International Relations from George Washington Univ. He also graduated from both the Naval War College and the National War College.

In 1977 Bob moved to Milwaukee to work at American Medical Building, Inc. He later became executive director of the Executive Committee, a consulting firm to business leaders. A major love was the Episcopal Church, where Bob served as senior warden, and director of a meal program. Bob's rector wrote, "He was the most influential lay person at St. Mark's . . . had a natural leadership, but also compassion and vision."

To Marjorie and their daughter Carolyn Eastin, we extend our profound sorrow.

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DATE OF BIRTH: Apr. 1, 1931
DATE OF DEATH: Dec. 30, 1989

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