The destroyer USS Morris (DD-417) was the seventh Morris to serve with U.S. naval forces. Built by Norfolk Navy Yard, she was launched on 1 June 1939 and commissioned on 5 March 1940.
The Morris served as flagship DesRon 2 and with the North Atlantic Patrol before World War II. She was upgraded with the first fire-control radar to be installed on a destroyer, and quickly began operations against the Japanese Navy in the Battle of Coral Sea, where she took part in screening duties of the carriers USS Lexington (CV-2) and USS Yorktown (CV-5). Following heavy damage to the Lexington, the Morris provided vital assistance rescuing survivors. During this operation, the Morris herself was damaged. She was back in service the following month in the Battle of Midway, where the Morris rescued survivors from the Yorktown.