SARANAC LAKE — Forrest "Dew Drop" Morgan, age 90, of Saranac Lake, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 at AMC-Uihlein Mercy Center in Lake Placid.
Born in Saranac Lake, N.Y. on August 16, 1922, he was the son of Wilbur and Anna (Leonard) Morgan.
Dew attended St. Bernard's School, Saranac Lake Central Schools and Tilton Prep School in New Hampshire. The nickname "Dew Drop" was given to him in high school by Murph O'Donnell as a way of teasing him by saying "You're as fresh as the dew on the grass."
He married Sheila O'Reilly, Sept. 12, 1946 when she came here from Montreal (Westmount) to work at Dr. McDougall's camp. She predeceased him in 1988.
He served for one year (1946) as an officer with the Saranac Lake Police Department.
Dew Drop with his wife Sheila bought the Bridge Bar & Grill (Ratskeller) from Max Shapiro in 1947 and changed the name to the Dew Drop Inn which they operated for 42 years. He also opened the Dew Drop Up in Potsdam in 1966 and the 13 Morgan's in Plattsburgh in 1967. After selling the Inn in 1988, he enjoyed his title as Raconteur at the Lake Placid Lodge until his retirement at the age of 86.
He was drafted into the Army Air Force in Dec. 1942 and was discharged on July 6, 1945. He was later called into service from the reserves during the Korean War but did not go overseas. It was well documented in an Enterprise story only a couple of years ago about Dew and his crew being shot down. They flew the famous V Grand, (which was the 5000 liberator bomber) to their base in Bari, Italy, where they became part of the 15th Air Force. They were shot down on their 18th bombing mission over German-occupied Poland. Five of the 10-man crew was wounded.
Dew volunteered to go back flying, but on his third combat mission the landing gear would not open as they approached their base. He had seen a B-24 belly-land when the sparks caused it to explode, so when the pilot gave permission for the crew to bail out, he was the only one to jump. The landing gear eventually came down, the plane landed safely and the MP's had to go pick up Dew Drop from the hillside vineyard where he had landed.