The Life And Times Of Norman Lear

He Dropped Out Of College To Fight In WW2


After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Norman left Emerson College in Boston in 1942 to join the Army. He was a radio operator/gunner on Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bombers. Norman was involved in 52 combat missions and received the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters.

He was discharged in 1945 and is included in a couple of books, including Crew Umbriag by Daniel P. Carroll and 772nd Bomb Squadron: The Men, The Memories by Turner Publishing and Co.