PFC Norbert W Zwissler

PFC Norbert W Zwissler

Birth
Death 18 Feb 1944 (aged 19)
Burial Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Plot B Lot No. 1238
Memorial ID 56125528 · View Source
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Thank you to Eric Ackerman for the following:

ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, MONDAY, MAY 1, 1944, PAGE NINE

FILM RETURNED HERE ON APPEAL OF WAR MOTHER
This story started about the end of February when the Florida theater was showing a Paramount newsreel of the Marines' invasion of the Marshall islands. Towards the end of the picture, a woman in the audience said aloud, "That's him! That's my boy!" She was Mrs. Albert Zwissler, mother of Pfc. Norbert Zwissler. The pictures, taken by Marine cameramen, were shot on Feb. 17, 1944, on Eniwetok island.

The next day, Mrs. Zwissler, with her husband and several friends from Ohio, went to the Florida theater again. They all identified the Marine as Private Zwissler.

Then on March 17, Mrs. Zwissler received a fateful telegram from the Navy department: "We regret to inform you that your son, Pfc. Norbert Zwissler, was killed in action on Feb. 18 on Eniwetok island. He was given a Christian burial on Feb. 19."

Private Zwissler had been killed the day after the pictures were taken!

Anxious to see the film once more, Mrs. Zwissler appealed to Jesse L. Clark, district manager of Florida State theaters. The film was brought back and shown again at the beginning of yesterday's matinee program. Mrs. Zwissler and her daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Enzweiler, were in the audience.

Mr. and Mrs. Zwissler reside at 134 First avenue north. Private Zwissler was their only son.

A native of Cincinnati, Pvt. Zwissler attended schools in that city, and enlisted with the Marines Jan. 22, 1942. He received his training at San Diego, Cal., and was sent overseas in January, 1943. He never had a furlough.

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Ohio.

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  • Maintained by: Jeff Hall
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56125528
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Norbert W Zwissler (4 Jun 1924–18 Feb 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56125528, citing National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Jeff Hall (contributor 47296194) .