PFC Johnie Forrest Norman was born 29 Oct 1916 in Basic City (now Waynesboro), Virginia. He was the 4th of 7 children born to William Lester and Emma Lee (Tillman) Norman. His father worked in an "extraction plant" and in 1940 was working as a finisher for Basic Witz Furniture Industries Inc., reporting a 1939 income of $780 and a monthly rent of $10. Johnie was apparently working with his father and likewise reported a 1939 income of $780.
Johnie registered for the draft in 1940 and was drafted in May 1941. Due to the policies of that time early in the war he was apparently sent directly to Fort Meade, Maryland and assigned to C Company 116th Infantry. Once assigned he would have participated in training the unit had there and Camp Blanding, Florida before shipping out for England on the Queen Mary in September 1942. Once in England all of C Company trained for the amphibious assault that was a planned part of the invasion of occupied Europe and he took part in that attack on 6 Jun 1944. PFC Norman continued to fight with the unit until killed in action on 16 Jun 1944.
PFC Norman is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery.
Younger brother, David Norman served 1944-1946. Great-grandfather Augustus Shepherd Woodson, served as a PVT in G Company 46th Virginia Infantry (CSA).