OBITUARY FOR JAMES MORGARIDGE

1920-1941

Morgareidge, Jim 

            James (Jim) was born in Wyoming in 1920 to Charles  and Fannie  Morgaridge.  As per the Federal Census in 1920, the couple were living in Lovell, Big Horn Co., WY and Jim might well have been born more specifically in Lovell, WY.  He would have joined a brother Dea M and two sisters Beth and Josephine.  In 1930 the Federal Census reports that the family were living in Sheridan, Sheridan County, WY.  At that time there was a brother Douglas and a grandmother Nellie Morgaridge in the household.

            How Jim came to join the Navy is unclear, but when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941, he was aboard the USS Arizona.  The Arizona was moored on Battleship Row with a number of other U.S. ships.  Battleship Row was a “prime target for the Japanese pilots and bomb crashed through the Arizona’s two armored decks and ignited its magazine causing an explosion (reported ripping the ship apart like a can opener opening a tin can) after which fire engulfed the entire ship. “ Thirteen hundred men were lost aboard the Arizona.  [Google: Attack at Pearl Harbor 1941).  James Morgaridge lost his life at the age of 21 on that fateful day—December 7, 1941.  At that time his family were living in the Ten Sleep Canyon, Ten Sleep, Washakie Co., Wyoming and Jim was unmarried.

Researched and compiled by Faye Bell (SLC) 2012