Morris Everett Canady
|HOME OF RECORD:
|NEXT OF KIN:
Father, Mr. Roy Canady
|DATE OF BIRTH:
March 7, 1921
January 20, 1942
|DATE OF DEATH:
September 24, 1942
|CAUSE OF DEATH:
|LAST KNOWN RANK:
Private First Class
|STATUS OF REMAINS:
Buried in the field, vicinity of Matanikau River, Guadalcanal
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Birth and Early Life:
Morris Canady was born on March 7, 1921, and was raised on Royall and Nellie Canady’s family farm in Bellevue, Virginia. As the Canady family grew – parents, six children, and an octogenarian uncle by 1940 – Morris spent more and more time on the farm, leaving school after the sixth grade to work for his father. At the time of his enlistment, Morris was working in Roanoke, residing with his uncle and aunt, Mr & Mrs C.E. Padgett. (1)
Enlistment and Boot Camp:
Canady joined the Marine Corps Reserve on January 20, 1942. He trained at Parris Island, and was posted to Company C, First Battalion, Seventh Marines after boot camp.
Canady was made a PFC on April 10, 1942, as his company sailed for American Samoa aboard the USS Fuller. Though the regiment was ready for action, they would instead spend the next several months performing garrison and guard duty in Samoa.
Morris Canady and C Company would not see action for several months; they first set foot on Guadalcanal on September 18, over a month after the first assault units had landed. They spent the next few days getting a firsthand lesson in life under fire.
Date Of Loss:
PFC Canady was killed on September 24, 1942. His battalion had run into strong enemy resistance while patrolling near the Matanikau River. A/1/7, in the lead, ran into an enemy outpost and were soon pinned down by heavy machine gun fire. B/1/7, sent to extricate them, ran straight into the enemy bullets and suffered heavy casualties. Company C, in the rear of the column, was called forward and provided covering fire until darkness allowed the two trapped companies to withdraw. It was during this action that Canady was most likely killed – the only fatality suffered by his company that day.
Morris Canady was buried near where he fell beside the Matanikau River, where he remains today. He was the first Bedford man to lose his life in the war (the town would later be famous as the home of The Bedford Boys).
In sad but loving memory of our dear son and brother, Pfc. Morris E. Canady, who was killed in action performing his duty for his county, Sept. 24, 1942.
No one knows our silent heartache,
Only those who have lost can tell
The grief that’s borne in silence
For our “dear one” we loved so well.
More and more each day we miss him,
Friends may think the wound is healed,
But few can know the sorrow
That lies within our hearts concealed.
Dear Morris, we are lonesome,
For we miss your loving face,
But you left us to remember
No one on earth can take your place.
Months have passed, our darling,
Since you were called away,
All of us wanted to save you
But for Victory you went away.
You were willing to serve on earth,
Too sweet on earth to stay,
So God came down from Heaven
And bore our darling away.
Oh! how can we stand to leave you
In a grave that’s blank and bare,
But some day in Heaven, dear “loved one,”
We’ll hope to meet you there.
Sadly missed by brothers, sisters and parents,
MR. and MRS. ROY CANADY, of Goode. (2)
Next Of Kin:
Father, Mr. Roy Canady
Status Of Remains:
Buried on Guadalcanal
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.
(1) The Bedford Bulletin, October 29, 1942.
(2) Poem from Morris Canady’s FindAGrave.com memorial, maintained by Laurie Goodman Lenz