Band, 90th Infantry Division
Plot E, Row 25, Grave 20
Pvt. Virgil John Tangborn was born in Schleswig, Iowa on May 23, 1920 to Swedish and Norwegian immigrants. Tangborn worked on the family farm in Minnesota until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942. In his sister’s memoirs, Tangborn is described as serious but also humorous and mischievous. Not one for farm life, Tangborn escaped the farm through his books and music. He played in the Navy band and a dance band prior to the war.
While training at Camp Berkeley, Texas, Tangborn auditioned for and was selected into the 90thDivision Band for the French horn. Although he survived the landing on Utah Beach on June 8, Tangborn was killed six days later. During a fight for an ammunition dump on the Cherbourg Peninsula, while attempting to save a wounded soldier under heavy artillery fire Tangborn was shot and killed. Tangborn is one of four 90th Division GIs memorialized on a monument in Périers.
Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart
Virgil J. Tangborn is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot E, Row 25, Grave 20.