FIRST LIEUTENANT ALFRED NORTHRUP “JIMMY” COMSTOCK; U.S. ARMY

September 7, 1916 (Norwalk, CT) – April 13, 1945; 28 years old; unmarried
Last local address: 8 Warren Street, Norwalk
Enlisted on March 31, 1941
Service number: O-1641182
7TH ARMY, 4TH INFANTRY DIVISION; 41ST SIGNAL UNIT

Lt Comstock is the nephew of Lt Frank C. Godfrey, who was killed in action during World War I. His mother is Frank Godfrey’s sister.

                                                             Norwalk High School Class of ‘34

Killed at Aub, Bayern Germany.

From The Norwalk Hour May 31, 1945

LIEUTENANT COMSTOCK
Details Of Death Learned By Parents; Plan Memorial Service Sunday at 4

First Lieutenant Alfred N. Comstock, son of Mr. and Mrs. William I. Comstock of 8 Warren Street, Norwalk, and brother of Howard I. Comstock of Bridgeport, who was killed in action in Germany on April 13, was a victim, with two men under his command, of the explosion of a land mine, according to an official report received by his parents today. A memorial service for Lieutenant Comstock to which friends are invited will be held in the Norwalk Methodist Church, West Avenue, Norwalk, Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock. The service will be of charge of the Reverend Floyd George pastor of the church, and former comrades of Lieutenant Comstock will be among those present. A letter to Lieutenant Comstock’s mother from the commanding officer of the Fourth Signal Company attached to the Fourth Infantry Division, Seventh Army of which the Norwalk man was an officer, said that the incident which resulted in Lieutenant Comstock’s death occurred about 4 in the afternoon near Aub, Germany, which is 25 miles south of Wurzburg. He was in command of a part reconnoitering after the capture of the village, and the jeep in which he and the men under his command were riding struck a mine and was blown up, killing Lieutenant Comstock instantly and causing fatal wounds to two of the men. Several others were wounded.

From https://www.4thinfantry.org/content/division-history: As the German push was halted in the Bulge, the Ivy Division resumed the attack and continued the pursuit through the Siegfried Line – the same location it had crossed in September – and fought across Germany as the war ground on in the first four months of 1945.  When the war ended on May 8, 1945, the 4th Infantry Division had participated in all of the campaigns from the Normandy Beach through Germany.  Five more battle streamers were added to the 4th Infantry Division colors and personnel of the Division during this period wear the five campaign stars of Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe.  The division suffered almost 22,000 battle casualties and over 34,000 total casualties, including over 5,000 who were killed or died of injuries, during their eleven months of fighting across Europe. For 199 straight days, the 4th Infantry Division was in constant contact with the Germans.

Lt Comstock was reinterred to Riverside Cemetery, Norwalk in 1949; Section 19, Plot 16.

Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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