Shevat 11, 5766
February 20, 1912
February 8, 2006
Morris Abramson was born in an area of Russia called Crimea. His family immigrated to the United States, coming to Reading, PA in 1923. As many children of immigrants, he had to quit school in sixth grade and begin working in the textile industry. He was drafted into the U.S. Army when he was 28 years old in 1940. He was stationed in Fort Sill, Ok. He was released from the army and on his way home when Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941. He came home and was re-activated and deployed to Oakland, CA. At that point, they embarked for the Persian Gulf. They sailed on the British ship Mauritania, under the Golden Gate Bridge and through Pearl Harbor, months after its destruction. They landed in New Zealand. On this ship, Morris slept in what they called, torpedo row, which was well under the water line. The conditions were not favorable, but he didn't get seasick. After transferring through India they traveled to Persia. Morris was an interpreter to the Russian army, since he spoke fluent Russian. He also visited the Jewish community in Tehran. He had many encounters with the Jewish Russian soldiers. This was a main supply route by the Americans for the Russian army. He nearly traveled around the entire world. Morris was released from the army in 1945 and returned to the United States. He lived another 61 years to tell his stories to anyone that would listen.
Served from January 1, 1940 to January 1, 1945