Rudolph Morris

Rudolph Morris

Urbana, OH

I am 84 years old and this is the story of an illegal immigrant, my father.

At the age of 16 after wandering over Europe working at any job to secure money for passage to North America, my father was able to board a ship to Halifax, Canada. Passage there cost less than passage to Ellis Island.

On foot my father crossed illegally into the United States as soon as he arrived and made his way to Pennsylvania where he enlisted in the US Army. He lied about his age and had his name changed to a more American sounding name. World War I was raging in Europe and he was sent back there to fight for his adopted country.

He became a naturalized citizen by enlisting in the army and my mother, a Lithuanian immigrant also, became a citizen when she married my father. They had two sons who also served in the army at the time of World War II.

My brother was a participant of the atom bomb tests at Bikini and I served in Germany as part of the occupation troops at the close of hostilities in 1946. My brother became an electronic engineer and helped in the development of medical electronics used in surgery. I went on to process engineering and worked in the development automation in the appliance industry. My brother had 5 children who all became good citizens of this country and I had two daughters who are good tax paying citizens.

One served in the US navy for 20 years and one became research scientist in agriculture as a plant patholigist. This is the story of one 16 year old illegal immigrant and his contribution to this great country.

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