Letter Nov. 6, 2013

Remembering a friend

Re: Those who saved us in WWII

 

A little bit of history died Nov. 1.

Jim Norton, a member of the “Greatest Generation” was my friend, and a true friend of all who know him.

Jim graduated from high school in Minnesota in 1943 and was in an officer training program.

After D-Day (June 6, 1944), he and many others were pulled out of their programs, given a rifle and sent to Europe.

He fought across France and subsequently was wounded and captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge. Four months later he was racaptured by U.S. forces and spent many months recovering from his wounds.

Jim and his wife, Mary, spent several summers at Eatons’ Dude Ranch before buying property and building a home at The Powder Horn. Although well beyond retirement age, Jim was active in the restoration of the Sheridan Inn, and later with Volunteers of America.

I’ve known him for more than a decade, gentle man who would take two practice strokes, and then a too-quick strike at the golf ball. A man who was conversant on many issues and a man with a quick sense of humor.

There aren’t very many Jim’s left. We should all pause in what we are doing to thank him and all the other heroes who saved the world from the Nazis 70 years ago.

Jerry Saunders

Sheridan


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