Category: Military Research

Col. Frank W. Norris – 345th Field Artillery

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By , November 8, 2011 7:09 am

Sent an email to Doc Jones on 11/7/2011:

Doc,

Col. Frank W. Norris

Found this on Col. Frank W. Norris (born 1916 in Wharton Couty, TX) who was one of John Alexander Norris’ sons. If my scenario is correct, he would have been my GF’s great nephew and my 2nd cousin. He and my dad were about the same age and fought in WW II in France at the same time. I am doing more research on the 345th Field Artillery (Frank Norris) and the 519th QM Bn (my father Theodore Norris) to see where the units were in proximity to one another.

BTW, John Alexander Jr. attended West Point. Found snippet of an article on him in the West Point alumni magazine. Contacting the archivist to get a copy. His son John Alexander III died in Vietnam at age 25. Was living in CA at the time. Don’t know whether he was married or had children.

Still searching for a living descendant of Josiah Evans Norris.

Source: http://www.90thdivisionassoc.org/90thdivisionfolders/mervinbooks/345/34501.pdf

Military Records Arrive . . . Finally!

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By , September 19, 2004 12:16 am

Opened mail last week and found that Dad’s records from the Natonal Personnel Records Center had arrived. I was elated!

Among the papers was his citation for the Bronze Star with a “V” for valor. It read:

“For heroic achievement in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States. On September 1 1950 when an infantry batalion with which Sergeant First Class Norris was serving as liaison sergeant bore the brunt of a determined attack by hostile forces in the vicinity of Haman, Korea, an enlisted man was seriously wounded and in need of immediate medical attention. Normal channels of evacuation had been closed by the enemy who had encircled the position. Sergeant First Class Norris, heedless of the deadly fire, carried the wounded man through enemy lines a distance of two miles to a point where he could be evacuated. Sergeant First Class Norris’ outstanding courage and selfless regard for the welfare of his comrades reflect the highest credit on himself and the military service.”

I’m a proud of him today as I was when I first read the original of this 45 years ago. Somehow the letter was misplaced which prompted my sending away for it. Also received a list verifying all the medals he was entitled to. The replacement medals came yesterday.

Army 1st Sgt.Theodore Norris

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By , June 1, 2004 3:04 am

1st Sgt. Theodore Norris

Dad and I spent Memorial Day talking about his military career. He mentioned that he was drafted in the Army in 1942 when he was 24 years old. Started me looking for records online and found him in this great database a little while ago.

http://aad.archives.gov/aad/title_list.jsp

Title: World War II Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, 6/1/2002 – 9/30/2002
Creator:National Archives and Records Administration. Office of Records Services – Washington, D.C. Modern Records Programs. Electronic and Special Media Records Services Division.
Level of Description: Series from Record Group 64: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration

Series: World War II Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File
This series has records on about nine million men and women who enlisted during World War II in the United States Army, including Army Reserves and the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. NARA scanned War Department microfilmed punch cards on enlistments to support the reconstruction of the military personnel records at its National Personnel Record Center. Because of the microfilm’s poor condition, approximately 1.5 million records could not be scanned. Also, the file has no records for Army officers, members of other services or enlistments for other time periods. In general, each record has the serial number of a soldier, person’s name, state and county of residence, place of enlistment, date of enlistment, grade, branch, term of enlistment, place of birth, year of birth, race, education, civilian occupation, marital status, and component. These records present unique searching challenges.

Source: Reposted from LiveJournal 11/8/2011, http://hectic-eclectic.livejournal.com/1714.html

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