Becker, Norman G

Norman George Becker was born in May, 1923 to Henry and Catherine Becker of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. He was one of three children.

Norman attended high school in West Chester while living with Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Fling. He graduatied in 1941. The yearbook writes of Norman:

Norman came to this school from Chadds Ford at the beginning of his junior year and has done well here. He is active in most sports. Although he plans to go to business college to become an accountant, he has hopes of someday crashing Big League baseball.

Norman was described in the local paper as “An outstanding athlete and a good student.” And “He made many friends through baseball and often received the praise of opponents as well as local followers."
Norma Becker
Norman lettered in baseball for two years playing catcher. He also played that position on the Bernard Schlegel Post, American Legion, which reached regional finals in a State Tournament. Norman was given a try-out in a Southern baseball league, however he returned home after only playing in a few games.

Norman was inducted into the Army on March 9, 1942. He received training at Camp Butner, NC, and Fort, Meade MD. While at Camp Meade, Norman played baseball with a number of former major league stars.

Norman was attached to a quartermaster unit when he was sent overseas to Italy in June, 1944. He transferred to the infantry joining the 135th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division.

Private Norman George Becker was Killed In Action on October 14, 1944. He was buried in the Florence American Cemetery, in Florence Italy.

Mrs. Daniel Leary who lived in West Chester, received a letter from Norman on September 8th. Her two sons, William and Thomas were teammates and great friends of Normans. Her letter to Norman was returned bearing a notice that he was deceased.

Norman served and died in the same area as hero Michael Barnes and William Taylor.

Norman’s brother, William served in the Navy during the War.

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Research by Don Wambold, WCMSC