June 29, 1915 (New York, NY) – January 17, 1943; 27 years old; unmarried
Last local address: 64 Winfield Street, East Norwalk
Enlisted on July 14, 1941
Serial Number: O-437983 or 11010957
97TH BOMB GROUP, 341ST BOMB SQUADRON
Working for the National Park Service at Mount Rainier, WA when he signed up for the draft.
Uncle Peter Goldstein died in World War I. Peter and Otto Goldstein Sr. were brothers.
Norwalk High School Class of 1932
There are conflicting reports of his cause of death. In one place he is listed “Died Non-Battle” in North Africa, yet there are newspaper articles that he went missing on a mission and never returned.
He enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in the Army Air Force on July 14, 1941. Had enlisted and officer Army Serial Numbers. Assuming he entered into the pilot program and didn’t get commissioned until he received his wings.
From The Norwalk Hour June 29, 1943
Mr. and Mrs. Otto Goldstein, 64 Winfield Street, East Norwalk, are in receipt today of a letter from the War Department awarding the Air Medal, and two Oak Leaf Clusters, posthumously, to their son, First Lieutenant Otto Goldstein Jr. who met his death in North Africa on January 17, 1943. Today would have been Lieutenant Goldstein’s birthday anniversary. The War Department letter follows:L
Mr. & Mrs Otto Goldstein
64 Winfield Street, East Norwalk, Conn.
My dear Mr. and Mrs. Goldstein –
I have the honor to inform you that by direction of the President, the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters which indicates a second and third award of the same decoration, have been awarded posthumously, by the Commanding General Twelfth Air Force, to your son, First Lieutenant Otto Goldstein Jr., Air Corps for meritorious achievement. The Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters will be forwarded to Headquarters, Army Air Forces, Washington, DC, for formal presentation to you, and that office will communicate with you concerning your wishes in the matter. May I again express my deepest sympathy in your bereavement.
Very truly yours,
The Adjutant General
The late Lieutenant Goldstein was educated in the local schools and was graduated from Connecticut State College where he was outstanding in athletics. While at college, he was twice named temporary ranger for the State of Washington by Secretary of the Interior Ickes, and spent two summers with the Forestry Service in that capacity. Lieutenant Goldstein enlisted in June 1941 as a flying cadet, and was assigned to the 341st Bomber Squadron. He received his wings at Foster Field, Texas on February 20, 1942, and left this country for England in July 1942, where he saw action until his squadron was transferred to North Africa in October of that year. He was actively engaged in that theater of war until the time of his death on January 17, 1943. Goldstein was pilot of the fortress “Thunderbird” which was named for the ship’s radio operator. Lieutenant Goldstein had never been home on furlough from the time of his enlistment.
From The Norwalk Hour February 21, 1949
Funeral services for Lt. Otto Goldstein, son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Goldstein, 64 Winfield Street, who was killed in North Africa on January 7, 1943, were largely attended Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock in the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Rev. William Schroeder, rector of the Christ Episcopal Church officiated. The bearers were: Sgt James Caputo, Corporal Hoyt, PFC James Ellis, Private Donald Wright, Private Joseph Nice, Private Conrad Miller and Private Earl Barrett. Burial took place at Riverside Cemetery where committal serves were conducted by Rev. Schroeder. There were many beautiful floral offerings.
Lt Goldstein is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Norwalk CT; Section 18.