Bob Morgan was born on July 31, 1918, in Biltmore, North Carolina. He enlisted in the Aviation Cadet Program of the U.S. Army Air Corps on April 25, 1941, and was commissioned a 2d Lt and awarded his pilot wings on December 12, 1941. Lt Morgan served with the 29th Bomb Group at MacDill Field, Florida, from December 1941 to May 1942, and then as a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot with the 324th Bomb Squadron of the 91st Bomb Group at MacDill from May to July 1942, and at Walla Walla Army Air Base, Washington, from July to September 1942. Capt Morgan then deployed with the 324th Bomb Squadron to England, where he served as Pilot of the B-17 "Memphis Belle" from September 1942 to May 1943. He and the crew next completed a war bond tour across the United States with the famous B-17 from June to October 1943, before he was assigned as Assistant Operations Officer for the 40th Bomb Group at Pratt Army Air Field, Kansas, from October to December 1943. His next assignment was as Commander of the 869th Bomb Squadron of the 497th Bomb Group flying the new B-29 Superfortress at Clovis Army Air Base, New Mexico, from January to April 1944, and then at Pratt AAF from April to October 1944. Col Morgan then deployed to Saipan in the Pacific Theater with the 869th Bomb Squadron, where he served from October 1944 to April 1945. After returning to the United States, he served with III Bomber Command at MacDill Field from June 1945 until he left active duty and joined the Air Force Reserve on October 9, 1945. Col Morgan remained in the Air Force Reserve until his retirement on August 1, 1960. Bob Morgan died on May 15, 2004, and was buried at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
His 1st (of 3) Distinguished Flying Cross Citation reads:
For extraordinary achievement, while serving as Pilot of a B-17 airplane on twenty-five bombardment missions over enemy occupied Continental Europe. Displaying great courage and skill, Captain Morgan has materially aided in the success of each of the twenty-five missions and his actions are an inspiring example for his fellow flyers. The courage, coolness and skill displayed by Captain Morgan on all these occasions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.