Sergeant Elmer J. Morris, served in the U.S. Army infantry in World War II. He went ashore at Normandy, France, D-Day, June 6, 1944, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. During a firefight, the building from which he was firing, received a direct hit from a German Tiger Tank round, reducing it to rubble.
The Germans recovered him from the rubble and took him prisoner. Because he did not receive medical aid for eight days, he eventually lost both legs, one arm, an eye and a finger. For service in World War II, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and two Purple Hearts.