Norborne P. Gatling, Jr. (b. 1901 d. 1988) graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1922. He subsequently earned an LLB from Columbia University School of Law and spent his career as an attorney in New York City firms.
During World War II he served as an officer in the U. S. Army from 1941-1946. From August 1941-March 1945 he was with the 12th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division and was at Normandy (D-Day), northern France, Rhineland and Ardennes. From March - July 1945 he served as G-5, HQ 65th Infantry Division, in central Europe and Austria, and served from July - September 1945 with the Military Government Detachment, Nurnberg, Germany. He left active duty as a Lt. Col. on January 21, 1946.