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Norborne Gatling, Jr. World War II diary

Identifier: MS-0514
Diary transcription [typescript, photocopy], "My Military Service, 11 August 1941 to 1 November 1945". It is a detailed account of his life in the United States Army, including information about stateside training; traveling by convoy to England; preparation for the Normandy invasion; D-Day and immediate aftermath; and subsequent campaigns in France and Central Europe.


  • 1941 - 1945


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Biographical / Historical

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.

Physical Location

Manuscripts Stacks

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Werner Kleeman, who served with Gatling during World War II.

Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Military Institute Archives Repository

VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450