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Norman L. "Bud" Halvorson was born on March 11, 1918 in Hoffman, Minnesota, which is in Grant County. He was the son of Thomas and Betsey Halvorson and graduated from Hoffman High School. He worked in the area until March 21, 1942 when he entered the U.S. Army.
After joining the Army in March of 1942, Bud received training at Fort Lewis, Washington. He was transferred to the 776th Tank Destroyer Battalion and was trained in Tank Destroyer tactics at Camp Hood, Texas. Bud was assigned to "C" Company of the 776th and shipped overseas in December 1942. The 776th landed in Tunisia in January of 1943 where they saw their first action of the war. From Tunisia, the 776th went on to Italy where they saw action in the battles at Cassino, Volturno River crossings and the breakthrough to Rome. The 776th was then transferred to France where they supported the 44th Infantry Division during the German Nordwind Offensive. On January 4th, 1945, during the offensive, Bud was wounded in action for which he received a Purple Heart. Bud quickly recovered and, after a brief hospital stay, returned to "C" Company. On March 15, 1945, the 776th was attached to the 63rd Infantry Division to support its penetration of the Siegfried Line. Company "C" was awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation for their part in breaching the German "last line of defense". Eventually, Bud and the 776th ended the war in Ehrwald, Austria. Bud left the service at the rank of PFC.
After his discharge on October 14, 1945, Bud returned to his hometown of Hoffman, Minnesota. He never married and due to poor health, spent many years in VA care centers. In January 1994, he became a resident of the Hoffman Good Samaritan Center until his passing on October 7, 1998. Bud was buried at Bethel Cemetery next to his brother Glenn, who was KIA on Luzon in the Philippines on January 30, 1945.
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Edited by TD-Tommy776, 05 April 2012 - 01:43 AM.