PVT Joseph Godfrey Normandin was born 13 Jan 1924 in Hartford, Connecticut. He was the only son and youngest of the 2 children born to Peter Godfrey and Anna Agnes (Brown) Normandin. His father had been born in Mount Johnson in the province of Quebec in Canada. His father had worked for Pratt and Whitney but died in September 1929. His mother took in boarders and his older sister would eventually help support the family of 3 as a typist. By 1940 Joseph was working for Pratt and Whitney, still living with his mother who was still keeping boarders in their rented home at 15 Eliot Street.
Joseph was drafted in December 1942. After completing basic and training as a medic he was sent to England and assigned to the Medical Detachment 116th Infantry. He apparently served with the unit through the amphibious assault on 6 Jun 1944 until he was killed in action on 5 Oct 1944.
PVT Normandin was apparently repatriated but it is unknown where he was ultimately buried.