After his death, 18 May 1986, Oscar and Lovie Toler, of Aurora Road, Ernul NC, wrote a letter to the editor of the New Bern Sun Journal,
"Let me tell you a little about a man who died a few weeks ago in our neighborhood. He was a hero in our eyes. He knew what World War II was all about. He came home to tell about it. Three men were in a fox hole; Gilbert Morris was one of them. The enemy threw a hand grenade in their direction. Gilbert caught it, gave it a toss. As he threw it, it blew away most of his hand, but he had saved himself and the two men who were with him. By the time their troops could get to them, his arm had to be amputated below the elbow. Some of his brothers were in World War II, and one of his brothers died for this great Country. Gilbert was noble; he didn't want a big to-do made over him. He wanted to be put away quietly. No twenty-one gun salute. I don't guess he knew it, but lots of people remember him for this great deed! In our opinion Gilbert was a hero!"