|Norman C. Erickson|
Sergeant Harris C. Erickson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Erick Erickson, 112 North Oxford Avenue, recently promoted from Corporal and gunner on a B-24 Liberator, recently arrived in England.
He entered the Air Corps in May 1944 and received his basic training at Keesler Field, MS. His advanced training was taken at Tyndal Field, FL; Westover Field, MA; Chatham Field, GA; and Mitchell Field, NY.
Prior to entering the service, he was attending the Eau Claire State Teachers College and worked at the Benson Optical Company. His brother, Norman, serving with the First Cavalry Division on Luzon, was recently promoted from Staff Sergeant to First Sergeant.
|Wins Silver Star for Saving Life of Wounded Yank|
WITH THE FIRST CAVALRY DIVISION ON LUZON—A Silver Star decoration has been given to First Sergeant Norman C. Erickson, husband of Mrs. Betty Lou Erickson, 303 Whipple Street, for saving a comrade, while under murderous enemy fire.
Sergeant Erickson and his troop of cavalrymen were advancing on a Japanese strong-point in Manila, when he sighted an American soldier waving and trying to move in the direction of the troop. Erickson immediately volunteered to rescue the Yank and, as he started across the field, was met by enemy machine gun fire.
He continued to advance, creeping and crawling all the way, until he reached the soldier who proved to be a crew member of a tank that had been knocked out the previous day. He was wounded in the head, severely burned, and in a semi-conscious state when Sergeant Erickson carried him back through the gunfire at a position of safety.
The Silver Star decoration was made by Brigadier General Hugh Hoffman, Commanding General of the First Cavalry Division. Part of his citation reads:
“The loyalty and courage displayed by Sergeant Erickson to aid his stricken comrade were in keeping with the highest tradition of the military service.”
Following Information Submitted by
|My Uncle Norman C. Erickson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Erick Erickson,
previously of Oxford Street, Eau Claire. passed away this September
5th, after a blessedly brief bout with cancer.
He has followed his younger brothers Harris (Bud) and Arlen (Ace) and is survived by his older sister Delores.
Following World War II Uncle Norman continued a successful Air Force career, retiring as a Chief Master Sargeant to San Antonio, TX in the 1960's.
An online Guest Book has been set up in his memory and may be reached at URL http://www.legacy.com/SanAntonio/gb/GuestbookView.aspx?PersonID=94636334. Please spread the word and encourage old friends to visit the Guest Book and leave their reminiscences. Aunt Delores has lost all her brothers and we nephews and nieces would like her to have this much to help remember him.