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Toxey Morris Collection

Identifier: M669

Scope and Contents

This collection contains memorabilia, ephemera, photos, and slides from Dr. Morris’ time on the U.S.S. Tripoli as well as written correspondence from Dr. Toxey Morris. The collection also contains audio correspondence recorded by Toxey Morris that he sent to his family back home. The collection contains the original tapes that have been transferred to CDs. This collection would appeal to a researcher interested in the Vietnam War, military history, Mississippi history and medical researchers.

Content Warning: The slides and photographs contain graphic images of U.S.S. Tripoli medical personal performing various medical procedures.


  • Creation: 1966-1968, 1995

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Reproduction of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Provision of photocopies or digital reproductions does not constitute permission to publish, distribute, provide internet access to, or otherwise display images of materials in this collection. Copyright is retained by the lawful copyright holder, and it is the responsibility of the permission seeker to contact and secure permission from the copyright holder. Where copyright permission is not granted, images are only for use in private study subject to the Fair Use exceptions made in U.S. Copyright Law.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Toxey Michael Morris was born on September 27, 1938 and was originally from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Dr. Morris attended Hattiesburg High School, received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and in 1963, he received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. Before completing his residency in general surgery, Dr. Morris enlisted in the Navy as a First Medical Officer. Dr. Morris served from 1967-1968 aboard the U.S.S. Tripoli where he treated wounded soldiers and civilians. Due to his work on the U.S.S. Tripoli, the Navy awarded Dr. Morris the Navy Commendation Medal. After is service, Dr. Morris completed his residency and returned to Hattiesburg. In 1971, Dr. Morris joined the Hattiesburg Urology Clinic and in 1976, he founded the Urology Center, P.A. where he remained until his retirement. Dr. Toxey Morris died on November 24, 2018.

Ingalls Shipbuilding Division of Litton Industries in Pascagoula, Mississippi built the U.S.S. Tripoli in 1964. The U.S.S. Tripoli was an amphibious assault carrier designed to transport soldiers and helicopters. In June 1967, the Tripoli arrived off the coast of Vietnam and housed the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines as well as the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron and flying CH 46A Sea Knight helicopters. During its time in Vietnam the crew of the Tripoli executed eight amphibious assaults.


3 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



The Toxey Morris Collection describes the onboard activities of Dr. Toxey Michael Morris on the U.S.S. Tripoli during the Vietnam War.


The manuscript materials were arranged alphabetically by subject headings. The photographs are arranged by the topic represented in the photograph. The slides are kept in Toxey Morris’ original order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Toxey Morris on March 17, 2009. Some materials donated in honor of Commander William Stuyvesant.

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001