SOUTHWEST HARBOR - Herschel died peacefully on December 24, 2013 in Bar Harbor at a healthcare facility. He was born in Southwest Harbor Maine, the son of Lewis A. and Rita (Morris) Norwood on May 22, 1919.
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He attended and graduated from Southwest Harbor schools. On February 5, 1942, he married Hazel Parritt and they were married nearly 70 years. She predeceased him July 29, 2011.
He is survived by daughter Sandra Gott and husband Stan; son Richard Norwood and wife Laurel; sisters Betty Hardy and Jane Dunbar; brother Walter and his wife Helen; sisters in law Polly Norwood and Christie Smith; granddaughter Allison Macmaster and husband Lance; great-grandson Benjamin Herschel Macmaster; and many extended family members and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents; sister Madeline Stanwood; and brothers Lewis and Maurice.
He was drafted in the Army in 1942. After basic training he served with the 4th Infantry Division in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. He was a proud veteran and was awarded three Purple Hearts(for being seriously wounded); two Bronze Stars for bravery(one for being in the first wave of troops on the beach and liberating Normandy and one for action beyond the ordinary). He also had numerous awards and other medals including a special citation from France.
After the war he went to work for the Henry R. Hinkley Company building boats. He worked there for nearly 41 years as a finish carpenter on the famous Hinkley yachts.
He was a 65 year member of the American Legion. He helped in the construction of the American Legion building in Southwest Harbor. He was a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He proudly marched in many Memorial Day parades and other parades in Bangor and Southwest Harbor.
A graveside service will be held at a later date yet to be determined.
Published in BDN Maine on Jan. 3, 2014