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NORMAN CLARK SCHROEDER LT. COL. USAF (RET.) Norman Clark Schroeder, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.), was born on February 26, 1923 in Egg Harbor City, NJ to Fred and Mathilda (Grams) Schroeder and was the third youngest of nine children. Norman passed away on Oct. 24, 2012 in Oroville, CA, at the age of 89. He entered the US Army Air Corps in March 1941, earned his pilot's wings in November 1942, and became an Aircraft commander of B17's in the 8th Air Force by June 1943. Shot down and Missing-In-Action on September 16, 1943, he evaded capture inside occupied France, crossed the Pyrenees into Spain in mid-January 1944, and returned home safely to celebrate his 21st birthday with his family. He had already met Athelda Francoeur of Kankakee, IL while training at Chanute Field, IL. They married in October 1944 and recently celebrated their 68th anniversary. Norman pursued a career as a Regular Officer, Command Pilot, in the Regular US Air Force. His tours of duty overseas and home included assignments in Germany (Berlin airlift), France, the Netherlands, Turkey, Georgia and Texas. After almost 23 years of Military service, he retired to teach in the San Jose Unified School District until the Fall of 1980 when he and his wife moved to Oroville, CA. Military awards received included the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, President Unit Citation, plus other service and longevity awards. Norman graduated from U. of Omaha (U. of Nebraska) while in the military. He belonged to 379th Bombardment Group, the Air Force Escape and Evasion Society, and Valley Ridge Military Officers Association of America. He enjoyed traveling with his family, woodworking, and reading. He is survived by his wife, Athelda F. Schroeder of Oroville, CA; daughter, Jo Anne S. Roters of Heinersreuth, Germany; sons, Norman C. Schroeder, Jr. of Los Alamos, NM and Thomas C. Schroeder of Oroville, CA, and three grandsons, Jean Marc Roters, Tyson N. Schroeder and Casey D. Schroeder. Internment will be with military honors at Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery (Dixon, CA), on Nov. 1, 2012. Instead of flowers, we request donations be sent to Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Oct. 31, 2012
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