Morgan P. Roderick, of The Valley, Syracuse, passed away suddenly on January 11, 2013, while visiting his daughter in Richmond, VA. He was 86.
Morgan (Rod, as his friends and family called him) spent many hours of his youth playing ball at many of the area ball fields around Syracuse, and he loved to swim anywhere he could.
Besides his ball glove, his prized possession was his bicycle, which took him to the hills of LaFayette to pick apples all day, or to Drumlins to caddie as many rounds as he could to earn money.
In the summer of 1942, at age 16, Morgan’s love of the outdoors led him and three friends by single speed bikes to the Adirondack Mountains, where they intended to spend the summer camping at Eighth Lake and working at odd jobs before returning to Syracuse for school.
Morgan attended Onondaga Valley Academy, but at age 17, joined the Navy during WWII after Pearl Harbor, and volunteered for the Submarine Service.
His submarine, the USS Haddo, served on patrol in the Pacific, and was a tender to the Missouri during the signing of The Articles of Surrender in Tokyo Bay, which ended the war with Japan.
He returned home to Syracuse after the war, finished high school at Central Tech, and in 1951, graduated from New York State Ranger School in Wanakena, NY. Continue reading