- May 27, 1980
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Roy Morden (March 5, 1915 - October 8, 1990) was an Army colonel chaplain during World War Two and the occupation. He was born in Carlsbad, NM and received his bachelor's degree in social sciences from Northwestern University, later receiving his degree in theology from the University of Chicago. He worked for the Salvation Army before applying and getting accepted for a commission in the U.S. Army as an Army chaplain in 1942. Morden then attended Harvard University for the U.S. Army Chaplain School. During the War, he was sent to the Philippines, where he was in the 31rst Infantry Division in combat, remaining in combat until the end of the War. After, he volunteered to go to Japan as an Army chaplain for the occupation, staying there from 1945-47. As chaplain, Morden provided advice, support, and solace for those in the Army. While in Japan, Morden took a Japanese language class for U.S. servicemen taught by Jean Morden, whom he would later marry in 1948 after leaving Japan. Soon after their marriage, him and Jean were stationed in Washington and then in Europe for three years. In 1990, Roy Morden passed away at the age of 75.