In Memory of
Army Private First Class
Norman Everett Bloom
Owanka, South Dakota
July 2, 1925 Ė October 14, 1944
Killed in Action in Italy
Norman Everett Bloom was born July 2, 1925, in Owanka, South Dakota. His
parents were George and Glennie Bloom and he had six brothers and four sisters.
He attended school at Owanka Public School. He loved to hunt and ice skate. He
worked at one of the local sawmills and was a ranch hand before he entered the
He was drafted and entered active service on November 11, 1943, at Fort
Leavenworth, Kansas. After being trained at Camp Wolters, Texas, Pfc. Bloom was
sent overseas on March 14, 1944.
Pfc. Norman Everett Bloom was killed in action in Italy by a sniper on
October 14, 1944. He earned the special award medal of the Purple Heart.
After the war, Normanís remains were returned to the United States and on
July 14, 1946, he was buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Rapid City.
Respectfully submitted by Adam
Bradsky and Joe Welch, 8th Grade, St. Elizabeth Seton School, Rapid
City, South Dakota, March 27, 2002. Information for this entry was provided by
an application for a SD veteranís bonus payment, by the Rapid City Journal,
issue 11/7/44, and by Glenn and MarJean Bloom, Tucson, Arizona.