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Died Aboard a Hell Ship: John B. Brettell

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) Jack Morgan (see May 24, 2013 post) was not the only New Castle son subjected to the Hell Ships. While it is not known if the two had ever met, it appears they took their final voyages together. John B. Brettell enlisted in the …

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One Soldier’s Journey to a Hellship: Jack Payne Morgan

By Betty Hoover DiRisio (LCHS volunteer) Jack Payne Morgan, son of Mr. & Mrs. Charles Morgan of Harbor St., was nicknamed “Pierpont” by his New Castle High School friends after financier JP Morgan. Jack graduated in 1930, was Treasurer of his student council, and played violin in the school orchestra. …