Courtesy of: Ross Whistler, May 2008
Edward Morris Murray was born on August 7,
1902, in Magnolia, Massachusetts, the son of Dr. Thomas Morris Murray and
Eleanor Vinton Clark Murray.
He attended St. George's School, Newport, Rhode
Island. Being gifted with artistic talents, he became a portrait painter,
first in London, then in New York, after studying art in Paris.
After the United States entered World
War II, he applied for a commission in the United States Army Air Corps
and was appointed First Lieutenant on July 30, 1942. He was assigned
to the Pentagon, and plied his profession in painting the portraits of
many high ranking American and British officers, including President Roosevelt.
He was promoted to Captain. After General Arnold directed that the AAF
would no longer support portrait painting, Captain Murray, AC, AUS, became
Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy Reserve, on September 2, 1943.
Since his specialty was quite unique, the Navy, not quite sure where he
belonged, assigned him to the Hospital Corps.
He spent most of his time at the U.S. Naval
Hospital, Aiea Heights, Territory of Hawaii. He continued to paint portraits
as well as various medical subjects.
In December of 1945 he was assigned to the
Separation Center at Washington. While on terminal leave, Commander Murray
died at the Naval Air Station Miami on April 23, 1946.
He was awarded the American Area Campaign Medal,
Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal, and World War II Victory Medal.
MAY 17 1946
COMMANDER EDWARD MORRIS MURRAY H(S) , UNITED
STATES NAVAL RESERVE, ACTIVE, DECEASED
Re: Service of
1902 Aug 7 Born in Magnolia, Massachusetts.
U.S. ARMY SERVICE:
1942 Jul 30 ppointed First Lieutenant, Army
of the United States
1943 bef May 1 Promoted to Captain,
1943 Sep 1 Honorably discharged
to accept an appointment in the U.S. Navy.
1943 Sep 2 Accepted appointment and
executed oath of office as Lieutenant Commander, H-V(S), U.S. Naval Reserve,
to rank from 31 August
1943. Sep 4 Reported to Bureau
of Medicine and Surgery, Navy Department, Washington, D.C. for temporary
1944 Jun 20 Detached from Bureau of Medicine
and Surgery, Navy Department, Washington, D.C. and ordered to TWELFTH Naval
District, San Francisco, California for transportation to FOURTEENTH Naval
District, Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii.
Jun 26 Reported to Medical Officer in Command,
U.S. Naval Hospital, Aiea Heights, Territory of Hawaii for duty.
1945 Feb 22 Classification changed to H(S)
in accordance with BuPers Circular Letter 298-44.
Apr 28 Detached from U.S.
Naval Hospital, Aiea Heights, Territory of Hawaii and ordered to Bureau
of Naval Personnel, Navy Department,
Washington, D.C. for temporary duty. Reported
3 May 1945.
May 19 Detached from Bureau of Naval
Personnel and ordered to U.S. Naval Hospital, Aiea Heights,
Territory of Hawaii for duty. Reported
22 May 1945.
Nov 21 Appointed Commander, H(S), for temporary
service in U.S. Naval Reserve, to rank from 5 November 1945. ALNAV
Dec 9 Ordered detached from U.S.
Naval Hospital, Aiea Heights, Territory of Hawaii and to Separation Center,
Medals: American Area Campaign
Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Died: 23 April 1946 (On terminal leave)
Place: U.S. Naval Air Station, Miami, Florida
Cause: Not enemy action
MURRAY, EDWARD MORRIS
COMMDR US NAVAL RESERVE
BURIED AT: SECTION 10 SITE 10780
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
31 May 2008