Raymond Cleveland Morris
was born in Jefferson City, Missouri
June 24, 1941 to Frank and Lissie (Maples) Morris. As a young
man anxious to see the world, he joined the Army when he was seventeen.
A lifelong history enthusiast and experienced world traveler,
he has used his keen observation of the human condition as the
catalyst for expansion of his interests into mainstream fiction.
Retired after 26 years as a highly decorated military officer
with Army Special Forces covert operations, he was requested as
a civilian to return to Fort Lewis, Washington as the Training
Officer to help stand up the Army's first two new Stryker Brigades.
These Brigades were trained using a revolutionary new warfighting
doctrine, and have since been called upon to serve in the Iraqi
Enduring Freedom Campaign.
Ray also served in the Army's Criminal Investigative Division
and has been a Washington State Special Investigator. From his
years of experience working with others in the criminal justice
system, he is familiar with criminal behavior and the inner workings
of the human psyche.
His earlier careers, observations and interests provide grist
for his stories, and through examining the daily discourse, living
conditions and real life situations of others, many of Morris'
characters are born. A prolific writer, he remembers writing stories
for personal enjoyment as far back as elementary school. Like
others whose latent artistic talents appear late in life, Ray
has begun to share his mainstream fiction novels with others.
Ray received a BS in Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska,
an MS in Justice Administration, Wichita State University, and
holds an MBA from City University, Bellevue, WA.
He served three tours in and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Special Forces in 1986. His military
professional credits include the Bronze Star, Cross of Gallantry/Silver
Star, Air Medal, Legion of Merit, Army Commendation Medal, Royal
Thai Army Fordgr., Master Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantry Badge,
Ranger Tab, and Special Forces Tab. He is a member of the Army
Special Forces Association and the Army Special Operations Group
Ray's wife, Brenda, collaborates with him on his writing projects. An avid skier, boater and fisherman,
when not writing you will find Ray stalking redfish near Tampa,