George C. Morton, Colonel, US Army - Retired

 

Col. Morton was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1914. He attended high school in Garden City, L.I., N.Y., and after graduation in 1932, he enlisted in the US Navy and served aboard destroyers in the 10th Destroyer Squadron, Atlantic Fleet. He entered the Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in 1934, and graduated in 1938, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. At this time he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in the US Army, and was assigned to the 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division.

During World War II, he served as a rifle company commander in the 343rd Infantry Regiment, 86th Infantry Division. With this division, he participated in the campaigns of Central Europe. In May of 1945 he was re-deployed to the Pacific Theater of Operations where he served in the Campaign of Luzon in the Philippine Islands. In 1946 Col. Morton was promoted to the grade of Major, and assigned to the 57th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, where he served successively as regimental S-3, and later, as battalion commander during the initial stages of the Hukbalahap Communist insurgency.

Upon his return to the United States in 1947, Col. Morton was assigned to ACofS; G-3, Headquarters Second Army at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, and later to ACofS; G-3, 17th Airborne Division, Camp Pickett, Virginia. He attended the Infantry Officers Career Course at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1949, and upon graduation, was assigned to the 11th Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1950 and served successively as a battalion commander and regimental executive officer in the 511th Airborne Infantry Regiment, and later as Division Inspector General as a ACofS; G-1.

In 1953, Col. Morton attended the US Army Command & General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and upon graduation, he was assigned to Athens, Greece as the senior Special Forces advisor to the Royal Hellenic Raiding Forces. In this capacity, he was involved in stay-behind operations in northern Greece, on the Bulgarian, Yugoslavian and Albanian borders.

Col. Morton returned to the United States in 1956, and was assigned to ACofS; G-3, Headquarters US Continental Army Command, at Fort Monroe, Virginia. In 1957 he attended Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia, and for the next three years he served on the staff and faculty of the US Air Force Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, where he was responsible for developing joint Army-Air Force doctrine, and teaching joint airborne and special operations.

In 1961, Col. Morton attended the National War College, Washington, D.C. and was promoted to the grade of Colonel at the time of his graduation. Subsequent to graduation, he was assigned as Commander of the 4th US Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, with Headquarters at Munsan-ni, Korea. In 1962, Col. Morton was transferred directly from Korea to Vietnam where he was assigned initially as Chief of Special Operations, ACofS; J-3, Headquarters, US Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, and later as the Commander of US Army Special Forces, Vietnam. In 1964, Col. Morton returned to the United States and was assigned as Assistant Commandant of the US Army Special Warfare School, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was subsequently detailed to the Central Intelligence Agency for duty as a Special Operations Officer in Indochina, where he served until his retirement from the US Army.

Col. Morton retired from the US Army with 30 years of service in 1966, and immediately returned to Indochina where he served as a US Government Paramilitary Officer in Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. From 1968 to 1973 he served as Chief of Operations for a 50,000 man US sponsored paramilitary force resisting communist aggression in Laos.

In 1973, Col. Morton again retired, and resided in Hilo, Hawaii, where he attended courses in Political Science at the University of Hawaii, Hilo Campus. In 1975, with the beginning of the SANG Modernization Program, Col. Morton was employed by the Vinnell Corporation, and served as senior advisor to the 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion of the Saudi Arabian National Guard. He later served as Assistant Director of Training for Training and Operations for Vinnell Corporation at Khashm Al An.

Col. Morton returned to the United States in December 1976 and successively served as the East Coast SANG Liaison Officer for students attending US Army Service Schools at Army installations East of the Mississippi River, as a recruiting officer, and as the DSO Operations Officer for the SANG Modernization Program.