An American Family History

William Morrison


Bill at Camp
Bill at Camp Indianola on Lake Mendota, Madison, Wisconsin

World War II was a global conflict that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The Allies (United States, British Commonwealth countries, and the Soviet Union) fought against the Axis (Germany, Japan and Italy).

William (Bill) Morrison was born on March 28, 1912 in Chicago, Illinois. His parents were Simon S. Morrison and Henrietta (Yetta) Yarmark.

At the time of the 1930 census, William was an electrical supply salesman.

During the Second World War, William served as a master sergeant in the 295th Heavy Maintenance Company. He enlisted on June 12, 1942. While in service he was a foreman in an automotive repair shop. He participated in the Rhineland and Central European campaigns. He received two overseas service bars, two service stripes, a European, African, Middle Eastern theater ribbon with two bronze battle stars and a good conduct medal. He was honorably discharged on January 28, 1946 at Camp Grant in Illinois.


Bill married Ethel Cohen in 1957. Ethel was born on April 22, 1913.

Bill's Wedding

Greeting the Jewish New Year as Mrs. William Morrison of Beverly Hills, Calif. is a former resident of Winnipeg, Miss Ethel Cohen, sister of the late Ben M. Cohen publisher of The Jewish Post.

Pictured here with Mr. Morrison, son of Mr. and Mrs. Simon S. Morrison, they are shown on the day of their marriage which took place Sept. 12 at Temple Isaiah, West Los Angeles, Calif.

Only the immediate families and close friends witnessed the ceremony which was followed by a luncheon at the Beberly (sic) Hills hotel.

The bride chose a wedding ensemble of sapphire blue silk faille and chiffon with matching accessories which were accented by a nosegay of lilies of the valley.

After a brief California honeymoon, Mr. and Mrs. Morrison have taken up residence at 234 South Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, Calif. (from The Jewish Post, September 26, 1957)

Bill was president of Washington Thrift and Loan.

Bill at BankWashington Thrift

Bill died when he was 96 years old on December 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. Ethel followed on September 13, 2009. He was buried with Ethel at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills Memorial Park.



Bill's Army Camp
295th Ordnance Company in Bielefeld, Germany OHR Company Quarters

Chicago, Illinois saw a major expansion in industry in the 1920s and prohibition led to the Gangster Era from 1919 until 1933. It was the nation's railroad center.



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