Private First Class Albert R. Morgan – 10th Weber County Casualty

In the war, death came in many ways and in many places.   Private Albert Royal Morgan was the 10th death for the boys from Weber County.

He was the son of Royal and Carrie Manley Morgan, born on January 23, 1922.  They lived at 934 Harrop in Ogden.  Private Morgan enlisted in the army on February 7, 1942, a few weeks after his 20th birthday and was sent to Fort Baker, California.  He died of pneumonia on June 4, 1942, at the base hospital.

In 2017, when we get a cold we go to the doctor.  If it is a bacterial infection, we get an antibiotic.  Before Penicillin, there was nothing to stop a bacterial infection from progressing from a cold to pneumonia. It was very often fatal.

Penicillin was discovered in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming.  In 1941, the first patient was treated with the drug, for an infection caused by a scratch from a rose bush.  Within 24 hours, he began to recover, however, he died before the drug course could be completed.  But many saw penicillin as a miracle drug that could be given on the battlefield to fight the infections that so often before had resulted in death.  The drug was quickly tested and approved and began to be produced it mass quantities.  At the end of 1941 and the beginning of 1942, it finally started to make it to army hospitals all over the world.  It was sent with the troops going to Normandy on D-Day and would increase the survival rate of the wounded.

Unfortunately for Private Morgan, it came a little too late.  He is buried in the Aultorest Cemetery, with military honors.  Albert was survived by His parents, two brothers and a sister, all of Ogden.