The Greatest Generation – Morris County in WWII


Seamen celebrate V-J DayMore than 3,000 Morris County residents participated in World War II by the time it finally ended on September 2, 1945. The Empire of Japan signed the formal surrender on board the battleship U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay. The day is known as Victory Over Japan Day or VJ Day.

In 2020, in honor of the 75th anniversary of the official end of World War II, Morris County Office of Planning and Preservation released a list of 3,075 Morris County Veterans who served, from Pearl Harbor to VJ Day. The document, which is voluminous, lists hometowns, medals, photos and other details.

Read our list of Morris County WWII veterans: The Greatest Generation.

Note: This list is lengthy. For searching, hold down the ctrl key and the letter F key. A search box will appear. Type in a key word or name to locate the information.

Keep Our History Alive

You are invited to submit details of your family members – if you have additions or corrections for veterans born in Morris County or have lived in the county for ten years, please contact Jan Williams at [email protected].

Research materials were gathered from an exhaustive search of 20 major contributors such as local historical societies and cemetery associations, military archives, major museums, and Pearl Harbor’s Naval Command and National Park Service. More than 20 families have contributed information on their loved ones.