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Morris Cox Moody was born in Holland, Michigan, in 1899. He attended Holland area schools and graduated from Holland High School in 1917. He worked at the Holland Sentinel newspaper until volunteering for the United States Marines in the fall of 1917. He served in World War I in the second artillery division at Verdun, Chateau-Thierry, and Soissons. He was injured at Soissons and spent almost two months at a Paris hospital. He was transferred to a veterans’ hospital in Cape May, New Jersey. There he underwent multiple surgeries for nine months to restore use of his right arm. After the war, Moody attended the University of Michigan for engineering and graduated in 1929. After graduation he became a surveyor, eventually becoming an engineer for the State Highway department and for the Aeronautics Commission in Lansing, Michigan. The collection includes official documents from Morris Moody’s life and service in World War I, including his birth certificate and autopsy report, letters and telegrams that he and his family wrote, his family genealogy dating back to the 1600s, newspaper excerpts, and photographs of his life and family.


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