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Fort Benning describes soldier who died in car wreck as ‘a father figure’

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FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) – A car wreck claimed the life of 50-year-old Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Morgan on Tuesday, March 29.

Morgan, the command sergeant major of 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, was driving west toward Phenix City on U.S. Highway 280 when he was involved in an accident that caused his vehicle to leave the highway.

He was described as a seasoned infantryman with a quiet, calming demeanor for training soldiers. Command Sgt. Maj. Alan Hummel, Armor School command sergeant major, said Morgan’s reputation was the reason why soldiers “considered him a father figure.”

Morgan enlisted in the Marine Corps in July 1983, serving four years with the 2nd Marine Division. He then served 10 years with the Alabama National Guard before he joined the Army in 1998.

 “He was extremely knowledgeable in Infantry skills and able to share that expertise with (junior soldiers),” Hummel said.

“What hurts the most is it’s a small world and the Army is even smaller — this is a huge loss for our Fort Benning Family,” Hummel said. “Our hearts go out to his family, children and extended Family. It’s hard to say goodbye to one of our own.”

“He strived for excellence every single day,” Col. John Cushing said, with the 194th Armored Brigade commander. “He had an enthusiasm for life that was hard to capture…everyone wanted to be part of his team.”

Morgan is survived by his wife, five children and four grandchildren. A memorial service will be held for him on April 1 at 1:30 p.m. in the Main Post Chapel.

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