NORMAN, Robert James, CAPT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1970-1973, Panama Canal Zone
Service Years
1937 - 1973

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Contact Info
Home Town
Earlville and Nashua, Iowa
Last Address
Tulsa, OK

Date of Passing
Aug 19, 2013
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
Navy League of the United StatesPearl Harbor Survivor's Association
  1970, Navy League of the United States - Assoc. Page
  1973, Pearl Harbor Survivor's Association

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
Other Comments:
Robert James Norman was born in Earlville, Iowa, in 1919 and enlisted in the Navy in 1937. He was aboard the battleship Nevada on December 7, 1941 (see "newspaper" article), and was burned during the rescue of a seriously injured shipmate while the ship was afire and sinking. He received the Purple Heart, but further recognition had to wait until the Clinton Administration. In 1998, following an intensive letter-writing campaign by the man he rescued, Congress and the Defense Department approved the Silver Star Medal for Capt. Norman.

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Diving Officer Badge
Command at Sea

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
HQ, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)US NavyAdvancement Schools and CoursesNavy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC)
USS Turner (DDR-834)USS Recovery (ARS-43)USS Rooks (DD-804)Naval War College (Staff)
USS Abbot (DD-629)USAF Air War CollegeJoint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
USS Waddell (DDG-24)NTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILLRodman, Panama
  1937-1937, SR-0000, HQ, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)
  1937-1941, BM-0000, USS Nevada (BB-36)
  1942-1942, 720X, Deep Sea Diving School
  1942-1943, 720X, Salvage Diving Officer Training Course
  1943-1945, Naval Salvage Training School
  1945-1946, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC)
  1946-1948, 12th Naval District
  1949-1951, USS Turner (DDR-834)
  1951-1954, USS Recovery (ARS-43)
  1954-1956, USS Rooks (DD-804)
  1956-1957, Naval War College (Staff)
  1959-1961, USS Abbot (DD-629)
  1961-1962, USAF Air War College
  1962-1963, 111X, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
  1964-1966, Commander Destroyers, Battle Force
  1965-1966, USS Waddell (DDG-24)
  1966-1969, Administrative Command, NTC Great Lakes
  1969-1970, Rodman, Panama
  1970-1973, Panama Canal Zone
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1964-1966 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
 Colleges Attended 
Naval War CollegeAir War College
  1956-1957, Naval War College
  1961-1962, Air War College
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