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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: July 23, 1920
Date of death: November 8, 1944
Age: 24

Lucky Bag

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From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


Cranston, Rhode Island

Norm doesn't have to say much before one knows that he is from little Rhode Island, the "cross roads of the universe." Although the sea beckons him and threatens to hold him for some time, a peaceful home in the country of Rhode Island will be his goal. Norm had a natural tendency for sports, at times participating in baseball and wrestling, and at all times keeping abreast of the news of the sports world. His favorite means of relaxation, however, was thinking of his girl while listening to any Krupa recording going full blast. Norm has the submarine urge, but, wherever he is, he will always be a good shipmate.

The Class of 1943 was graduated in June 1942 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


Norman was lost when USS Growler (SS 215) was sunk by Japanese surface vessels on November 8, 1944 in the South China Sea.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.

He was awarded the Bronze Star. (Unable to find citation.)

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Thomas Oakley, Jr. '34 and Francis Thomas ’43 were also lost when Growler was sunk.

William Williams '43 was aboard Growler. He was killed in action on February 7, 1943; unclear if Norman's tour overlapped with his.

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