Donald Curtis Morse

August 11, 2021
Donald Curtis Morse

Donald Curtis Morse, 59, of Williamsburg, Virginia passed away on August 11, 2021. Mr. Morse worked for the US Joint Staff Directorate for Joint Force Development (J-7) as Chief of the Allies and Partners Force Development (APFD) Division after retiring from active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Colonel. He served for more than 25 years in a multitude of staff and command positions. One of the highlights of his career was Commander, 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division as well as participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

A native of Shelbyville, Kentucky, he graduated from Western Kentucky University as well as numerous Service schools, and is very proud to have received a diploma from the Norwegian National Defense College (Forsvarets Høgskole) in Oslo, Norway.  He was extremely proud of receiving the Spanish Navy Cross Merit Medal.

In addition to his outstanding contributions to our military, he was also an Associate Member of First Baptist Church in West Point, Virginia, and a member of both the US Marine Tankers Association, American Legion & other various organizations.

Mr. Morse loved God, watching trains, playing board games, and gem collecting, but most importantly he loved his family, friends, and spending time with his loved ones.

He is survived by his son, Curtis Morse, daughters; Lauren Morse, Macy Morse, Eliza Morse; parents Jonathan & Lula Morse, siblings; Linda Pursell, Deborah Morse, David Morse, Alex Morse; & multitude of extended family.

A service will be held on Monday, August 23, 2021 at 2PM at First Baptist Church, 414 Main Street, West Point, VA, 23181. Burial will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

Bucktrout Funeral Home is assisting with services.


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  • August 26, 2021
    John 'Box" Elder says:
    Don and I first met over 15 years ago and worked together on and off over those years as JFCOM and the Joint Staff here in the Norfolk area evolved. From the beginning Don was more than a work mate and always a friend. He will be missed. My sincere sympathies and prayers go out to your family.

  • April 25, 2022
    GySgt Steve Young says:
    As 2nd FAST Company Commanding Officer Col Morse was an excellent Officer and mentor to all. I will never forget he lead from the front setting the example. Semper Fidelis Col.

  • February 26, 2022
    Col Ed Mays, USMC (retired) says:
    Don, you were a great friend and Colonel of Marines!!! I only recently found out about your loss through our old boss - Colonel Jack Sparks! You will be forever remembered. All who met you were blessed by your joy! May your soul rest in the arms of Jesus the Christ!!!

  • February 25, 2022
    Gysgt. Herbert Logan (ret.) says:
    Good Lt. when I met him. Better battalion cmdr.

  • February 25, 2022
    Gysgt. Herbert Logan (ret.) says:
    Rest well , warrior.