People of the Plains: Wings

Jun 28, 2017

WWII veteran fighter pilot Tom Morris.

Tom Morris is a 97-year-old WWII veteran from Amarillo, Texas.

Starting out his life, he worked hard, dedicating his time to the railroad when he decided to better himself and attend the University of Texas Law School. While enrolled in school the war started and he instantly knew that his time and talents were needed to help serve the country.

While still in school, Morris went down and applied to the Navy where he was promised he would be able to finish Law School before he was shipped out. Unfortunately, the needs of the country were too great, and on Dec. 7, 1941 he was given news that he would be shipped out for training before his graduation.
Morris trained in several levels of aviation under the Navy Air at Pensacola. He then served mainly in the Pacific Theater on the Ticonderoga as a bomber pilot until the end of the war, where he then retired and finish his career in law.

As a skilled Navy Airman, Morris has the knowledge on how to pilot a myriad of planes. Despite his age, he lives a very active lifestyle which includes working at his law firm and golfing.

He is currently a member of the Amarillo Country Club and enjoys his free time dining at the restaurant and Sports Bar, which is how we were able to come into contact with him.

While working at the Club and overhearing the triumphs he had experienced, we knew immediately that his story was one that needed to be shared.  This story describes just one of the many stories that Morris shared, describing how these events shaped his life and helped him become the man he is today. Sit back and listen as we share with you “Wings”.

Haley Benedetti

Haley Benedetti is currently a Senior at West Texas A&M University studying criminal justice. She plans to attend Law School at either the University of Texas or Texas Tech when she graduates. She works as a bartender and server at the Amarillo Country Club and enjoys making people smile. Some of her goals include finishing Law School, buying a house for her parents and changing the world.

Drew Dunn

Drew Dunn is currently a junior at West Texas A&M pursuing a degree in communications. He has high hopes to work in television or radio upon his graduation. A three-year member of the WT Forensics Team, Dunn enjoys public speaking and performances. His goals are to be happy, return to help the forensics team as alumni and remaining close to his family.