Date of Birth: February 16, 1923
Place of Birth: Kansas
Father and Mother’s Names: Jesse and Elizabeth Morehead
Date Entered Service: March 6, 1943
Service Branch: Army
Rank/Specialty: Private First Class
Service ID: 37511943
Division/Company/Unit info: Charlie Company, 358th Infantry Regiment.
Riley Connection: The Morehead family lived in Ogden.
Date of Death (and Age): July 23, 1944 (age 21)
Place of Death: France
Grave Location: St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Ogden, Kansas.
Bio: The 358th Infantry Regiment Co. C was part of the Allied invasion of Normandy. As Allied troops advanced across Europe in the days following the D-Day Invasion, the 358th made preparations to assault the village of St. Germain-sur-Seves. On July 22-23, 1944, the 358th encountered heavy resistance from German troops and suffered heavy casualties, and it’s likely that Jesse lost his life during this battle. Despite the heavy losses, the stage had been set that allowed the Third Army under the command of Lt. General George Patton to break through and advance across France.