STELLA — When John Morris returned from his last tour of duty in Korea his troop ship passed beneath the Golden Gate Bridge.

STELLA — When John Morris returned from his last tour of duty in Korea his troop ship passed beneath the Golden Gate Bridge.
"There were flags on the bridge, music was playing and the men on the ship were happy. There were a lot of tears, too—tears of joy," Morris remembered.
Morris, a ten-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, served from 1950 until 1960. His service took him to Japan, Hawaii and on two tours of Korea.
On November 10,1950, during his first assignment in Korea, Morris, a rifleman, was badly injured in the leg. He was sent home, and after a long recuperation, returned for a second tour. He eventually obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant.
After returning to the United States for the final time, Sgt. Morris was stationed in San Diego as a drill sergeant. It was there in San Diego that the Corps held a parade one afternoon. Morris was there with the platoon of recruits he was training at the time. The highlight of the parade came when Sgt. Morris was called forward onto the parade ground and awarded a Purple Heart.
Over the years, Morris actually received nine medals, including a Good Conduct medal and Korean and Japanese Service medals.
"I loved the Marines and loved being in the service," Morris said. "But my leg kept breaking down and I could not do the marching any more. I was given a medical discharge."
Morris was born in California but married Etta Eads a graduate of Neosho High School. They had four children, three girls and one boy.
 After his military career ended, the couple moved to Neosho where Morris worked at several jobs, including at the local ice plant and at the Lime Kilm cave. After five years in Neosho, the family moved to Arkansas, where he still still lives with one of his daughters.
Morris, who is in his mid-eighties, has many fond memories of his time in the service.
"I enjoyed the service and my fellow Marines," Morris said. "I have some good memories, and some sad ones, but overall, the Marine Corps was good for me."
Over the years, many called John Morris a true hero as he saved a buddy's life in Korea, carrying him off the battlefield while being pursued by the enemy.
Morris also performed a historic act, saving a man from drowning near the Lime Kilm bridge in Neosho. This life-saving action was reported in the Neosho Daily News at the time.
As one man said, "If I had to be in a fight, I would want John beside me."
Speaking at the veterans celebration in Stella, MO, in early November, Morris told his listeners, "People sometimes ask me if I am a hero. I tell them I am not a hero, I'm a Marine."