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THOMAS J. MORSE - UNDERHILL - Thomas J. Morse, of Underhill, was born in Island Pond on March 2, 1937, and died on Aug. 16, 2014, at his home in Underhill. Mr. Morse graduated Salutatorian of his class in 1954 from St. Mary's Academy in Island Pond. In 1954, he joined the Air Force and served for four years in Savannah, Ga. In 1958, he was hired by General Electric as an armament technician and continued to work with all branches of the military traveling worldwide installing new weapon systems. He actually had "Have Guns Will Travel" business cards. He is best known for his installation of weapons in the first gun ship "Puff the Magic Dragon" in Vietnam. Six months later, he was present at Wright Patterson Air Force Base where 24 new gun ships and crews took their last training flight before going to Vietnam. Mr. Morse actually spent time with a Navy Seal floating in the Atlantic Ocean when during bad weather they were thrown off their gun boat. In 1961, he married Betty Anne Kane and they had one son, Matthew Thomas Morse. Mr. Morse was a native of Vermont, and established Green Mountain Foam Products in 1967, which for nearly 50 years acted as a resource center in Underhill for the upholstery, slip cover, drapery, automotive and marine businesses. GMF helped hundreds of people establish their own businesses by supplying all of the necessities. He leaves his son; grandson, Sammy; brother, Carroll and his wife, Pat; and many nieces and nephews. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at the Gifford Funeral Home, 22 Depot St., Richmond, from 4 to 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Church in Underhill Center, followed by burial in the Park Street Cemetery in Underhill. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the .

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Aug. 18, 2014
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