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Norman D. Lantow

501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division

Corporal, U.S. Army

Entered the Service from:

Oklahoma

Died:

11/11/1944

Grave Location:

Plot C, Row 7, Grave 11

The 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment insignia.

Corp. Norman D. Lantow was born on April 24, 1923 in Muskogee, Okla., the fourth of six children. He left for the U.S. Army in 1942 at age 18 and trained to become a paratrooper, just like his brother, Pvt. Robert A. Lantow. Originally, Robert enlisted and expressed to his brother that it was great, prompting Norman to join. Not long after, Robert sent a letter to his brother indicating that things weren’t going well. By the time Norman received the letter, he had already enlisted. 

Norman and ‘I’ Company dropped into Normandy on June 6, 1944. Robert dropped with the 101stAirborne the same morning. Norman was captured by German troops and stayed in a Prisoner of War camp where a German doctor treated him for a leg wound. He eventually escaped and found his way back to Allied-controlled territory, where he was transported to England. Robert, who also jumped on June 6, was killed in action a few days later.  

Waves of paratroopers land in the Netherlands during Operation Market Garden in September 1944.

While in England, Lantow was able to reunite with his brother, Larry Lantow, an officer in the 3rdArmored Division that was preparing to embark for France in August 1944. They were able to meet in Bath, England for a few hours before saying goodbye. Larry later expressed that his brother had aged dramatically during his time at war, and that he had undergone a real transformation since leaving Oklahoma.

101st Airborne Division paratroopers march to the waiting planes for Normandy.
501st Parachute Infantry Regiment with German machine guns. The unit captured the guns in an intense Wehrmacht attack near Eerde, Netherlands. September 1944.

After recuperation from his wounds, Norman jumped into the Netherlands during Operation Market Garden. Alongside other members of the 501stParachute Infantry Regiment, he fought for over a month before a German mortar round killed him on November 11, 1944. Norman and Robert Lantow are buried next to one another. Larry fought through many of the major European campaigns and survived the war.

Awards: Bronze Star, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster

Norman D. Lantow is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot C, Row 7, Grave 11.