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George Morar

Date of death: December 4, 1983
Place of Birth: Ohio, Guyahoga
Home of record: Rockville Maryland
Status: POW

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Master Sergeant George Morar, United States Air Force, for gallantry in action against an enemy as Special Equipment Operator aboard a B-26 attack bomber, 8th Bombardment Squadron (L-N), 3d Bombardment Group (L), FIFTH Air Force, on 14 September 1951 over North Korea. Sergeant Morar flew on a mission to develop tactics utilizing an airplane mounted searchlight for destroying the enemy's lines of communication, troop concentrations and supply dumps. On that date, Sergeant Morar's aircraft stopped an enemy train, expending all bombs and ammunition in the attack. The pilot of his ship called for assistance in destroying the crippled train and was answered by an aircraft from their own Group. To further aid the friendly aircraft in locating their position, Sergeant Morar turned on the searchlight three different times, fully aware of their vulnerability to enemy attack. When positive visual contact was made the pilot of Sergeant Morar's ship informed the other aircraft he would make a pass over the train, to illuminate it as a better target. The searchlight glare revealed the train's position in a valley surrounded by mountainous terrain. The fact that the searchlight set up his own aircraft as an excellent target for the enemy did not deter Sergeant Morar from his task of directing the searchlight on the train for the longest time possible, giving the circling aircraft above ample opportunity to attack. Sergeant Morar's ship was then observed to be hit by flak. Sergeant Morar's gallantry at the risk of his life in executing his duty, knowing well the grave hazard, resulted in the destruction of vital enemy rolling stock and reflected great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Forces, and the United States Air Force.

General Orders: Headquarters, Far East Air Forces, General Orders No. 158 (April 2, 1952)

Action Date: September 14, 1951

Service: Air Force

Rank: Master Sergeant

Battalion: 8th Bombardment Squadron (L-NI)

Regiment: 3d Bombardment Group (L)

Division: 5th Air Force

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Master Sergeant George Morar (AFSN: 35061815), United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight against an enemy of the United Nations, in Korea, on 8 September 1951. As special equipment operator of a B-26 attack bomber his actions insured the success of their mission. While developing tactics utilizing untried equipment, the crew of the aircraft sighted a vehicle convoy proceeding along a road. An attack was immediately pressed against the convoy which effectively sealed off the escape route with fire bombs. Nine additional attacks were then made against the enemy convoy during which time all ammunition and bombs were expended. The special equipment caused panic among the drivers of the convoy resulting in many of the vehicles being abandoned to collide and upset. Sixteen vehicles were seen to explode or burn an additional sixteen were damaged by machine gun fire, bomb shrapnel, collisions and upsets. Sergeant Morar's actions immeasurably helped in the success of this mission which destroyed enemy supplies and equipment thereby reducing their capacity for combat effectiveness. Sergeant Morar's courage and skill reflect great credit upon himself, his organization and the United States Air Force.

General Orders: Headquarters, 5th Air Force, General Orders No. 705 (November 13, 1951)

Action Date: September 8, 1951

Service: Air Force

Rank: Master Sergeant

Battalion: 8th Bombardment Squadron (L-NI)

Regiment: 3d Bombardment Group (L)

Division: 5th Air Force

Prisoner of War Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Korean War

Master Sergeant George Morar (AFSN: 35061815), United States Air Force, was captured by communist forces after he was shot down over North Korea on 14 September 1951, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his release on 3 September 1953, during Operation Big Switch at the end of the war.

General Orders: NARA Database: Repatriated Korean Conflict Prisoners of War, 7/5/1950 - 10/6/1954

Action Date: September 14, 1951 - September 3, 1953

Service: Air Force

Rank: Master Sergeant

Battalion: 8th Bombardment Squadron (L-NI)

Regiment: 3d Bombardment Group (L)

Division: Prisoner of War (North Korea)