Royce Jackson Watts
Obituary of Royce Jackson Watts
Royce Jackson Watts, 91, of Morgantown, died Friday, May 29, 2020, in Dallas, Texas.
Royce was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Caroline Baker Watts. Royce is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, R.J. Watts, II and Maureen W. Watts, of Dallas, Texas, and his brother and his wife, Royal J. Watts and Janice Watts, of Fairmont.
Visitation and memorial services are pending due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An announcement will be made at a later date. Arrangements, which are incomplete, have been entrusted to Hastings Funeral Home in Morgantown. A burial service will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined by the Arlington National Cemetery staff.
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Korean War
Battalion: 2d Engineer Combat Battalion
Division: 2d Infantry Division
Headquarters, 2d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 654 (October 31, 1951)
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Sergeant First Class Royce J. Watts (ASN: ER-15238001), United States Army, for gallantry in action as a member of Company A, 2d Engineer Combat Battalion, 2d Infantry Division, in action against the enemy on 27 July 1951 in the vicinity of Tokkol, Korea. On this date Sergeant Watts was with his platoon assisting in the supervision of road and bridge construction. This work site was under direct enemy observation and accurate hostile fire was directed on it in order to neutralize its construction. Despite the intense enemy fire, Sergeant Watts would not obtain cover until all of his men were in positions of safety. During this encounter, an enemy shell landed near Sergeant Watts, and he was lifted by the concussion. Undaunted, he picked himself up and again checked the positions of his men, before seeking cover. His fearless courage instilled courage and confidence in his men to complete their mission. The gallantry in action and devotion to duty and comrades displayed by Sergeant Watts on this occasion reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.