Audio Memories of the George
E. Davis DE-357
by EM/2c Norman Edgar Morrison
on this page for your pleasure is a series of Audio Cuts from an
"interview" with EM/2c Norman Edgar Morrison who served aboard the USS
George E. Davis DE-357 from her launch in Orange, Texas in 1944 until
after the war was over in 1945. The operational area was the Pacific
Morrison was already 28 when the Davis sailed, yet,
he had never been away from his home
in Oxford, Alabama, so, his service was a force in shaping the rest of his
life. Frankly, after the war, he never cared much for the ocean again. He
said he had had enough. He turned down excellent
job opportunities so that he could stay close to home and family and work
his own business.
Morrison was an electrician by trade before the navy,
and afterwards. He was a master electrician, and one of the best in the
state. He had a gift and talent for it. He was also a master story teller
and yarn spinner. His friends and customers were absolutely enthralled
with his stories
of the "olden" days...whether completely true or not.
Thus, I can not testify to the complete historical
accuracy contained in the Morrison Audio Cuts. I could testify that I know
for a fact he embellished a bit, but after all, what you will hear below
is a collection of sea tales, and a bit salty at that. It's not a History
Channel quality production here, but
if you are interested hearing a first hand account of your navy in WWII,
you will be thoroughly entertained. Nearly everything is true, even if at
times he used the pronoun "we" as in the navy in general, rather than just
the particular adventures of the George E. Davis. You will catch on.
is....atrocious. The interview took place in 1980 and the cassette tapes
were already 22 years old when they were dubbed to digital. We begin with
tape two. Tape one has succumbed to the ages. Tape
two begins just after launch in Orange, Texas...
You are hereby given
permission to copy the files below for your personal collection. They are
not to be used for commercial purposes without the consent of the family.
Knock yourself out!
-Norman Morrison Jr.
||The action begins as the George E. Davis
DE-357 leaves the Texas coast for points west.
||What is not covered is the shakedown cruise
to Bermuda. Later,
on the way out to the Galapagos Island... Also an interesting description of a
tropical mosquito...the Gallinipper.
Click for picture.
||"Alabamer" sees palm trees for the first
||Headed for the Philippines and getting ready
for action on the way.
||New Guinea, white sand, blue water. Entering
enemy territory. 5"/38 gun description.
||Arrive in Leyte area, state of mind of
shipmates, dropping depth charges, sonar problems, (Not stated here,
later, they found a wadded up undershirt in the underwater sonar gear in
||Dropped anchor in Leyte, barges loaded with
||Leyte Gulf, subs, midget subs, sub nets,
about a month or so out of Texas...
||More fun in the Pacific and general
||More on the 5"/38 gun, and electric on
||What it means to be a "Shipmate."
||Japanese tricks to lure DE's to doom .
Torpedoes to aft and typhoons for'ard!
||The men are introduced to the "Mysteries"
courtesy helpers of good king Neptune! The transformation of lowly
pollywogs to fierce and proud Shellbacks! Visit our associated picture
pages.... Click Here
||Alabamer goes shark fishing the DE way!
||The war is coming to an end. Scuttlebutt is
that there is some kind of atomic bomb in the offing. War ends...
||For Alabamer the war is over. He transfers
to a transport and heads off to San Francisco, and then back to his family
All cuts are in MP3 format. Click a cut to
download and hear it on your player!
My gratitude and thanks goes to
Jerry Randall of
Jacksonville, Florida, a 20 year Navy man, for his assistance with this
project and space on his server for this collection!
For even more audio click here to
visit the DE357 CBS Audio News Page
To hear a stunning
presentation of DE-357 history visit the Davis Story Page!