Norman Deichel

Serves on Ship During Invasion
Norman Deichel, Pattern Maker Second Class, is serving in the European Theater of Operations. In a letter, dated June 10 to his mother, Mrs. Herman Heideman of  St. Paul, he tells of his part in the invasion.

"Dear Mom, 

"You have probably been very worried about me since the invasion began, and I just want you to know that I am getting along fine. We have not been hit and have suffered no casualties, although we were in the first wave and have been in the thick of the battle. 

"We have seen just about everything you can imagine in the way of modern warfare. As we crossed the English Channel, we passed through what was supposed to be one of the most effective mine fields in the world, but we got through safely.  When we got across, we shot at enemy gun emplacements, tank and troop concentrations, ammunition dumps, observation posts, and other vital targets." 

He went on to say that, at one time, there were 87 enemy prisoners on his ship, but they had to be sent to another ship, which took them to a prison camp. "They didn't look like supermen to me."

"I don't know when I will get home, but I will tell you all about it when I get there. Give everybody my love and please don't worry about me.

"Your son,  Norm" 

This apparently is a form letter, of which many copies are being sent to relatives of soldiers and sailors in the United States. 

Deichel entered the service in February 1942 and received his training at Great Lakes, IL and Norfolk, VA.