Sometimes in doing research, a researcher makes an error that is not caught until after publication.
Luckily, this site has been able to receive and make corrections because often, family members, who are in the best position
to recognze errors in biographical details, find that a researcher has either reversed something or made an error of identification.
In the case of Norman Hendrickson, the following e-mail was received:
The report regarding Norman E. Hendrickson confuses father and son.
The red flag is; how would
a 17 year old become a colonel and chief of
staff during WWII. My father, who's picture is shown, was a naval
cadet in training during the war. His father, my grandfather, was the
chief of staff of the 34th Army and the person
who formed and first
led the Viking division aka the MN National Guard.
Thank you for the tribute but
I thought you should know.
Here is the info regarding my grandfather:
HENDRICKSON, NORMAN EVERARD
MAJOR GEN US ARMY
WORLD WAR I, WORLD WAR II
DATE OF BIRTH: 05/18/1894
DATE OF DEATH:
So, what is listed below is on the recruit, not
the Chief of Staff of the 34th Army.
Norman E Hendrickson
was born January 18, 1925 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1943, a 17-year-old Hendrickson enlisted in the US Navy and served
and was sent off to flight school where his love for piloting and engineering flourished, the skills he gained during his
training allowed his to serve as an aviation cadet during World War II and the Korean War. As a Brigadier General, Hendrickson served
as Chief of Staff for the 34th Infantry Division during the North African and Italian campaigns. Hendrickson's love for innovation
thrived long after his honorable discharge; he continued to share his expertise throughout his life.
The threat of war from Europe and the
Far East induced the semblance of the Minnesota National Guard and thus the 34th Infantry Division in 1941. The 34th Infantry
Division earned the nickname the "Red Bull" Division, which recognizes the harsh training conditions that were endured
at Camp Cody, New Mexico in 1917, where soldiers prepared for their deploy to Europe. The Red Bull is present on the division's
symbol, which features the Red Bull on a Mexican water flask. The motto of the division is "Attack! Attack! Attack!"
which exemplifies the intense nature of the divisions combat operations; the division is understood to have amassed 517 days
of continuous front line combat during World War II, more than any other division in the European theater. The 34th
Infantry Division fought through six major army campaigns in Italy and North Africa, where men of Minnesota's 175th Artillery
notably fired the first American shells against the Nazis.
Hendrickson's extensive experience as an affiliate of the Minnesota National Guard earned him the position as the division's first commander. This occupation forced
him to confront the responsibility of creating a new division from scratch. After the war, Hendrickson attended the University
of Minnesota and briefly worked as a dispatcher for Northwest Airlines. He engendered a fruitful career as a civil engineer;
his aircraft experience assisted him well in his business pursuits, which gave him the pleasure of introducing people of all
ages to the extraordinary piloting experience. His engineering expertise allowed him to advance to the position as Senior
Vice President at Short-Helliot-Endrickson. After he earned a mechanic license and an inspection certificate, he joined the
Commemorative Air Force where he assisted the effort to maintain the CAF aircraft at South St. Paul and San Diego. His work
also greatly influenced the restoration of the only replica of Charles Lindbergh's plane.
During his retirement, Hendrickson spent his spare time at airfields, he was always
willing to provide help and encouragement towards his life passions, engineering and piloting. Hendrickson deceased at age
81 on October 31, 2006 in San Diego, California; he is buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.