September 18, 1924 (Norwalk, CT) – January 7, 1945; 20 years old
Last local address 7 Harriet Street, Norwalk
Enlisted February 8, 1943
Service number: 11083055
Unit: 17th Airborne Division, 513th Parachute Regiment
Born to David O. (1891-1968) and Mary E. Davis Logan (1894-1994). James was their only child.
Awarded the Purple Heart Medal.
Norwalk High School Class of ’41
From the Connecticut Military Portrait Collection, Connecticut State Library, Identifier: PG570; used with permission
From The Norwalk Hour February 7, 1945
Word of the death in action of Private James “Jimmie” Logan, 20, only son of Mr. and Mrs. David O. Logan of 7 Harriet Street, was received here Monday. The War Department telegram stated that Jimmie had met his death in action in Belgium on January 7th, where he was serving with an Airborne Division as a paratrooper. Well-known in Norwalk and extremely popular, Jimmie had been in the service since February 8, 1943. He received his basic infantry training at Camp Wheeler, George, where he became an instructor. He was then transferred to the Virginia Military Institute, under the Army Students Training Program. Following his training at VMI, he was sent to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he remained until he volunteered as a paratrooper and was sent to Fort Benning, Georgia, for special training. Jimmie received his final training as a paratrooper at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, with the 17th Airborne Division, and was sent overseas last August. An outstanding student, Jimmie was graduated from local elementary schools and from Norwalk High School, Class of 1941, at the age of 16. He entered Norwich University at Northfield, Vermont in September 1941, and there became a member of the Enlisted Reserve, as well as of the school’s football squad. He was still in college when he entered the service. Jimmie was also an active member of the young people’s group at the Norwalk Methodist Church. His father, a former teacher in the local schools, is at present at Castle Point Veterans Hospital, New York. News of his son’s death was conveyed to Mr. Logan by Rev. Floyd E. George Jr., pastor of the Norwalk Methodist Church. Mr. Logan served as a Second Lieutenant in World War I. Jimmie had also been a close friend of Private Robert C. Murphy, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Murphy of Center Avenue, who was killed in action last September.
This article is an extract from the Norwich University (Northfield, Vermont) newsletter dated July 20, 2012.
Corporal Logan is buried in Luxembourg American Cemetery, 50 Val du Scheid, 2517 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg; Plot I, Row 4, Grave 6. Photo provided by Isabelle Maas, Interpretive Guide, Luxembourg American Cemetery.