Commanding Officer 1/22 Infantry
4th Infantry Division
April 1965 - January 1967
Lieutenant Colonel Len Morley as Commanding Officer 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
Photo from the 4th Infantry Division Yearbook 1965-1966
Leonard was born in centralia, WA to Montague
Richard Morley and Sarah Anne Isbill. He attended schools in
Bothell and graduated from
Oroville High School, Oroville, WA.
He married Marjorie Candland in November 1941 and had a daughter, Pamela, in 1943. He was divorced in 1946 and in Oct. 1947
married Chartley Nutter Shugren, who preceded him in death in Sept. 2004. He then married June Soderlund on May 20, 2006.
Leonard volunteered to serve his country joining the US Army in 1943 and served in Europe 1944-1946. He received a battlefield commission
to 2nd Lt. in March 1944. Leonard loved and served his country for 33 years and attained the rank of Colonel. He served in three wars,
World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Other assignments included Ft. Lee, Virginia; Germany; Japan; Ft. Carson, Colorado, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas;
the Pentagon; Ft. Lewis, WA and Hunter-Liggett, CA. Army awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster,
bronze star with two oak leaf clusters, air medal with five oak leaf clusters and the Army commendation medal.
He also loved to sing. He sang during his school days and was often asked to sing for his commanders at military social events as well as weddings.
Until a few days before he passed away he was still humming and singing for us. He beamed a smile as he sang the old hymns and his favorite Irish songs.
He loved skiing around the world and attended several Winter Olympics and was also an avid golfer. While commander at Hunter-Liggett,
he rode his horse around the post to save fuel and the environment.
He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and a granddaughter. He is survived by his wife June, daughter Pamela (Gordon),
step children Marie (Dave), Marilyn, Maridy (Bob) and Melvin (Melissa); five grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews
who loved him dearly.
Colonel Morley will be interned with full military honors at Tahoma National Cemetery on Thurs., June 3, at 1:00 p.m. located at 18600 S.E. 240th Street,
Kent, WA. A reception to celebrate Colonel Morley's life will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Lake Wilderness Golf Course at 25400 White Road SE, Maple Valley.
He was a long time supporter of the Veterans Memorial Museum. Memorials can be given to the Veterans Memorial Museum at 100 SW Veterans Way,
Chehalis, WA 98532 or to the USO at PO Box 96860, Washington, D.C. 20087-7677.
Published in Chronline on May 29, 2010
The above photo and obituary is from Chronline.com
COL Len Morley, center,
at the 22nd Infantry Regiment Society Reunion 2003.
He is flanked by two 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry Commanders,
left, Mark Woempner, CO 1-22 INF 2001-2003,
right, Marc LeGare, CO 1-22 INF 1999-2001.
Yesterday I got word that COL
(Ret) Len Morley, my battalion commander of 1-22 IN in
(and later G-1 of 4ID), died this past week.
He had served as a first sergeant with the 42nd "Rainbow" Division in WWII, got a battlefield commission,
and participated in the liberation of the main Dachau Concentration camp. He later worked at the Nurenburg War Crimes.
"Rawhide" as we affectionately called him, and his wife, Chartley (who died a few years ago), were a great command team
that the officers and men (and wives) who served under them learned lifelong lessons from. He will be missed.
--Bob Babcock Platoon Leader Company B 1/22 Infantry 1965-67
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