Morris Richard Jeppson

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Morris Richard Jeppson was born in Logan, Utah back in 1922.  He studied physics at the University of Nevada, Reno.  At the age of 19 he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps.  His basic training was in Florida, he received additional training at Yale University, Harvard and MIT. 

In 1945, he received the Silver Star.  After being discharged he worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.  Later in his career, he helped develop several key technological breakthroughs including microwave technology as well as stabilizers used on helicopters.  He died in 2010, he was 87.

What you may not know about Morris is that while serving in the Army Air Corp he was an assistant weaponeer on the Enola Gay.  He was the last person to touch “Little Boy” before it was dropped on the city of Hiroshima, Japan on August 6th, 1945.

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Comments (19)

Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, being part of a team that dropped a bomb on a city is not something I would want to be part of.

Dec 17, 2020 01:27 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray 


Dec 17, 2020 02:45 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... makes you wonder what the person who lived through this thought about it for the remainder of their life.

Dec 17, 2020 03:40 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Not something that I would want to do, war is hell.

Dec 17, 2020 04:09 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - thank you for continuing to fill in the blanks of my knowledge.  

Dec 17, 2020 04:44 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Never know what your role is in a war until it happens. Enjoy your day!

Dec 17, 2020 05:41 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I wonder how that played out in his mind as he got older. War is hell, he did the right thing.

Dec 17, 2020 05:50 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Brian England summed up my thoughts very well James Dray BUT one has to remember that the dropping of the bomb is what ended the war and many lives were saved because of that.

Dec 17, 2020 07:28 AM
faye schubert

No one likes war, but after reading many books on the subject, Hirohito would not back down after being told many times what the end game would be. 

Dec 19, 2020 06:25 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Another interesting time in our US history.    There is no doubt, war is hell!  Happy Thursday.  A

Dec 17, 2020 07:42 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James, 

Like the boob tube, the microwave is a bane to a cook!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Dec 17, 2020 07:44 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

So many achievements for such a young man 🎅

Happy Thursday to you James Dray 

Dec 17, 2020 07:48 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James Dray I wonder what that piece of history did for the remainder of his life.

Dec 17, 2020 08:09 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

That must have certainly been something he thought about for the rest of his life!

Dec 17, 2020 09:25 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- what an interesting thought...what were his thoughts later in life. War is hell and no one wants to  participate on the other hand I am thankful for those who stood up for us. 

Dec 17, 2020 09:32 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  I wonder how he felt about it years later.  I think I would have a hard time.


Dec 17, 2020 09:36 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow I had no idea and what a background James so glad you wote about him, Endre

Dec 17, 2020 10:24 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

I hope you are having an outstanding week.

Dec 18, 2020 06:45 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

The lower photo of the bomb is Perkins. What a way to display a weapon of mass destruction to destroy so many people without showing some emotion at one's backyard.

Jan 17, 2021 07:30 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Morris Jeppson was a footnote to history that will reviewed and analyzed for many years to come.

Jun 02, 2021 12:11 PM