735th Railway Operating Battalion - James Norman

Beckha writes..... My Grandfather was James (Jim or Jimmy) M. Norman Sr. In the group photo he is #159. He became close friends with Merrill Nolden (#118) while in St. Paul and even went back after the war to visit with them more than once (I think) and I believe Mr. Nolden came to visit my grandfather in AL (I think I have that right). My grandfather speaks of sleeping in an old French Chateau (Maybe it was the hotel mentioned in your blog?), also of living in a box car at one point. We are attempting to figure out the different places they went. He also was close with the French Translator - Mr. Lombardi (I think) and my grandmother sent crayons and other little luxuries to him and his children in France. 735th Norman