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Leech Lake Tribal Member Dies of Covid-19 While on Active Duty Overseas

 

February 5, 2021

Sgt. Michael Morris with wife Amanda, and children Brayden, Matehya and Makenna in England. (Courtesy Amanda Morris)

CASE LAKE, Minn. - U.S. Air Force Tech Sergeant Michael Morris, a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (Minnesota), passed away from Covid-19 while stationed at Aviano NATO Base in northeastern Italy on Jan. 12, 2021. Morris, 36, is said to be the first member of the U.S. Air Force to die of the virus while on active duty. To date, there have been four active members of the military to die of the coronavirus, according to a report published on military.com.

Of all branches of the U.S. military, Morris is the first American Indian to die of the virus while on active duty.

His wife, Amanda Morris, didn't find out about his passing until the next day from a relative of her husband while she was home visiting family.

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