Morris flew 57 missions – while some actors only flew 20 or less – and made seven kills, which qualified him as an ace. He also helped sink five enemy ships. He originally was told he was too big to fly fighter planes until he went to his uncle-in-law, Cdr. David McCampbell who wrote a letter allowing him to fly the VF-15, according to “McCampbell’s Heroes: the Story of the U.S. Navy’s Most Celebrated Carrier Fighter of the Pacific” by Edwin P. Hoyt.
He was in the biz in H'weird and joined the military for the duration. Did well. Good short read.