Joe Morris, Sr. (National Personnel Records Center)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the National Personnel Records Center of the United States of America.
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From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All records on, about, mentioning or concerning Joe Morris, Sr.

Morris, Full blooded Dine'(Navajo), was born in 1926 and raised on the Navajo reservation in Indian Wells, Ariz.

He served in the United States Marine Corp. as a Navajo Code Talker from 1944-46 (Guadalcanal, Guam, Saipan, Okinawa, and Tinstao, China).

Morris died July 17, 2010. His death is well known and can be verified in many places including an obituary in the LA Times which is available online:,0,4417423.story

Please note that the subject is dead and the records are likely over 62 years old. Please provide complete access to the records requested.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Jason Smathers

From: National Personnel Records Center