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Norman F. Samuel
Buried in the Ladonia Cemetery

Information from Nancy Jane Samuel Jackson, his daughter.
"My father graduated from Ladonia High School in the class of 1937. He joined the calvary at Ft. Bliss, Texas after high school and was later sent to Ft. Riley, Kansas. From there he was was sent overseas. He was with the 3rd Army under the 28th calvary and 6th Calvary group Reconnaissance under the leadership of General Patton. He was awarded both the Silver Star and the Purple Heart posthumously."

Samuel Reburial at Ladonia Sunday
by Paris News Correspondent

Ladonia - The body of 1st Lt. Norman F. Samuel killed in action in Germany, will arrive here Saturday for reburial Sunday. Service at the Methodist Church Sunday afternoon at 2 O'Clock, will be conducted by the pastor, the Rev. Arthur Ackenbam and the Delta Funeral Home here will make burial.
He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Samuel, and married Miss Dorothy Hix of Kansas City, while stationed there during Army Training. He entered service after graduation from high school here, and was first assigned to Fort Bliss, El Paso. He was serving with General Patton's Third Army when he was killed. 

Norman F. Samuel Rites
Services in Texas for Lieutenant
Killed in Battle of Rhine

Funeral Services will be held at 2 o'clock Sunday at the Methodist church in Ladonia, Tex., for Lieut. Norman F. Samuel, 25 years old who was killed March 3, 1945, during the Battle of the Rhine.
He was a reconnaissance officer with 6th Cavalry group. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star.
He is survived by a daughter, Nancy Jane Samuel, 7321 Wabash Avenue; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy A. Samuel, and two brothers, C. G. Samuel and Elmo Samuel, all of Ladonia. 

Norman F. Samuel
1st Lieut. Cavalry

See Transcript below

Reburial Services Held Sunday for lt. Norman Samuel

Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church Sunday afternoon for Lt. Norman Fred Samuel, Son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Samuel, who was killed in Germany, March 1, 1945
Lt. Samuel was born January 17, 1920. He attended Bartley Woods school and graduated from Ladonia High School in 1937. He enlisted in the Army January i, 1938 and received his training at Ft. Bliss and later was Cavalry instructor at Ft. Riley, Kansas. 
He made the supreme sacrifice while serving with the 3rd cavalry group  Reconnaissance under the leadership of Gen. Patton. and was awarded the Silver Star posthumously. The following citation was received by his family from the War Department, for Gallantry in action against the enemy on March 1, 1945 in Germany. During his units bitterly contested advance into the villages of Lambertsburg and Griemelschidi, the brilliant leadership and hold aggressiveness, which Lt. Samuel displayed so inspired his men that they drove forward with unfaltering determination. On seeing the lead vehicle come under deadly crossfire as it entered the second village he culminated his gallant conduct in a significant act of heroism. Standing up in the turret of his armored car he undauntedly fired the machine gun until his comrades escaped and he himself was mortally wounded.
Lt. Samuel's bravery and courageous devotion to duty are a tribute to his memory, and are in keeping with the finest traditions of the United States".
He is survived by his young daughter, Nancy; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Samuel, two brothers, Connie Samuel of Oklahoma and Elmo Samuel of Dallas.
The reburial ws in the Ladonia Cemetery under the direction of Walker- Bishop Post of the American Legion, Ladonia.
Rev. Arthur O. Ackenbom and Rev. M.D. Durham were the officiating ministers. 


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