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 Vincent Gerard Norton

Vincent Gerard Norton

Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA
Death 6 Feb 2005 (aged 81)
Sarasota, Sarasota County, Florida, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 7891512 · View Source
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Vincent Gerard Norton (1923-2005) served in the United States Army during World War II and later worked as a machinist. (b. February 24, 1923, 6:20 am; Christ Hospital, 176 Palisade Avenue, Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA - d. February 06, 2005; Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, Sarasota County, Florida, 34238, USA) Social Security Number 140182578 and Military Service Number 3222190.

He was the son of Thomas Patrick Norton I (1891-1968) and Mary Margaret Burke (1890-1949).

February 24, 1923 at 6:20 am, at Christ Hospital at 176 Palisade Avenue in Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey. His parents were living at 24 Van Wagener Avenue in Jersey City when he was born.

World War II:
Before entering in the US Army he was working for the Lehigh Valley Railroad. He enlisted from Newark, New Jersey on May 15, 1943 as a machinist after finishing his four years of high school. The following is from the Jersey Journal in 1944: "Pfc Vincent G. Norton is now fighting in France with the famous 90th Division, one of the first divisions to land in the invasion of the continent. His regiment, commanded by Col. Christian H. Clarke Jr., and his division, have received much praise for magnificent contributions to the battle of France. The 90th Division gained its fame in combat among the hedgerows of Normandy in the early days of the invasion and later the famous battle of Foret de Mont Castre. The same outfit figured in the capture of the important city of La Mans and was instrumental in the closing of the bloody Falaise Gap and the resulting capture of of several thousand German prisoners. P.F.C. Norton joined the Division July 3, 1944, and has participated in some of this Division's many big battles across France. This soldier is a crack rifleman in a rifle squad of the well known K. Co. Kraut Killers, and wears the combat infantrymans badge awarded only to combat infantryman fighters."

The following also comes from 1944: "Pfc. Vincent G. Norton, wounded July 6, [1944] in the military operations in the Normandy campaign, recovering and going back to his unit, was wounded a second time in action in Metz, near the German border, October 18 [1944], and is now recovering in a hospital in England, according to recent word received by his parents, Thomas and Mary Burke Norton, of 603 Garfield Avenue, Jersey City. The soldier received a shrapnel wound in his shoulder the first time. His second injury apparently slight was, was caused by a bullet grazing his knee. Private Norton was awarded the Purple Heart for his first wound and an Oak Leaf cluster was added when he was injured the second time. The soldier is the possessor of an Infantryman's combat badge for marksmanship received while in training. Private Norton is 22 years old. he was born in Jersey City, and is a graduate of School No. 15 and Snyder High School. The soldier, with thoughts of the folks at home, cabled an order for a half dozen roses which his mother received at Christmas. Inducted into the army in May, 1943, Private Norton trained at Camp Campbell, Kentucky, going overseas in May 1944. Prior to induction, Private Norton was employed by the Lehigh Valley Railroad. Private Norton participated in the operations at Monte Castro and Falaise Gap when the Allied forces, springing a trap on the Nazis, broke through and carried onward. The soldier has a brother, Thomas Norton Jr., radioman, second class, who enlisted in the armed services in 1942. He took part in the invasion of Sicily in 1943, and was among the American forces that captured the Nazi airfield at Gela, 5 miles from the beachhead. The two service men have a brother, James Norton, 15 years old."

He married Florence Emily Putz (1925-1994) on October 09, 1948 at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey.

Funeral notice:
His funeral notice appeared in the Asbury Park Press on February 8, 2005: "Vincent G. Norton, a former resident of Colonia, passed away on Sunday, February 06, 2005, in Sarasota, Florida. He was 81. He was an Army veteran of World War II, where he received a Purple Heart. He is survived by a daughter, Kathleen Esposito, and by a son, Kenneth S. Norton, both of Sarasota. Services will be private. They are being handled by Robarts Funeral Home of Sarasota, Florida. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, Florida 34238."

Another version appeared in the Sarasota Herald Tribune on March 11, 2005: "Vincent G. Norton. A celebration of life service for Vincent G. Norton, a Sarasota resident who died Feb. 6, 2005, will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at his home, 2635 Poinciana Place, Sarasota, hosted by his children, Ken Norton and Kathie Esposito. Robarts Funeral Home is in charge."

His remains were cremated.

Vincent Gerard Norton (1923-2005) was the uncle of Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ).

Researched and written by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) for Findagrave starting on September 23, 2003.


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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Vincent Gerard Norton (24 Feb 1923–6 Feb 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7891512, ; Maintained by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (contributor 46580804) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.