PACIFIC: Norman Bell

Private Norman R. Bell, USMC, was killed in action on Iwo Jima on Feb. 20, 1945. Pfc. Bell is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Bell, Brookline Avenue.

Born in Brooklyn, he entered the Marines from New York. His service number is 00924143.

Bell was a BAR gunner who joined Able Company as a replacement after the Tinian campaign.

He was killed on the second day of the battle of Iwo Jima as his company performed mop-up duties along the beaches

He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit Citation with one service star, and the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Ribbon. Pvt. Bell is listed on the Honolulu Memorial Honolulu, Hawaii.

Sources: ABMC, American Legion Post 70 Memorial; National Archives & Records Administration; The Nutley Sun; Geoff Roecker: Able Company, 24th Marines

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