Lieutenant (J.G.) Morgan Wesson- A Longmeadow
by Judy Moran-
Morgan Wesson was a resident of the
town of Longmeadow, MA.
He was born on December 19, 1918 and was the son
of Lieut. Colonel & Mrs. Victor H. Wesson.
The family lived at 135 Forest Glen Road.
His great-grandfather, Daniel B. Wesson, was a
co-founder of Smith & Wesson in Springfield, MA.
graduating from Yale University in 1941, this young man
was commissioned an Ensign in the Navy.
Ensign Morgan Wesson was called to active duty in
August of that year during World War II and he studied
communications at Annapolis, MD.
He was assigned to his ship, the
In June of 1942 Ensign Wesson was promoted to the
rank of Lieutenant (J.G.).
On November 13, 1942 this brave 23
year old officer paid the ultimate sacrifice.
He was killed in
action aboard the
Atlanta and his body was lost at sea.
This was during the battle of the Solomon
Islands off Guadalcanal.
Albert T. Wood
Post of the
American Legion presented his mother, Mrs.
Wesson, with a citation issued by the national
It was for her son’s service and sacrifice to his
country during World War II.
Wesson was the first man killed in action from
Republican- June 14, 1943.
On July 28, 1943 Lieut. (J.G.) Morgan
Wesson was posthumously awarded a
A Destroyer Escort, the
was commemorated in his honor.
The Wesson was launched on
October 17, 1943
at Port Newark, NJ honoring his service to our
Lieut. (J.G.) Morgan Wesson’s
memorial stone is located in the Hillcrest Park Cemetery
in Springfield, MA.
Photo: Courtesy of
The Wood Museum of Springfield
1920 United States Federal Census
1940 United States Federal Census
Springfield Republican- June 14, 1943; October 18,
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