March 3, 1925 (Yantic, CT) – March 13, 1945; 20 years old
Last local address: 26 Commerce Street, Norwalk
Enlisted on February 15, 1943 in Springfield, Massachusetts
Service number 527172
Unit: 4th Marine Division, 24th Marines, 1st Battalion, Company C
MOS: 746, Automatic Rifleman
Parents are Arthur Lane (1886-1976) and Charlotte “Lottie” Britto Lane (1896-1979). One older brother, Arthur (1917-2003) – 8 years older and one younger sister, Ruth Lane Sherman (1929-2007) – 4 years younger. PFC Lane worked at J & J Cash, Inc. prior to the service. Grandson of a Civil War veteran.
Boot camp in Parris Island, South Carolina in 1943. Assigned to the Marine Barracks, Naval Air Station in Norfolk, Virginia in late 1943 and early 1944. Assigned to the 45th Replacement Draft, San Diego Area in July 1944 and then the 4th Marine Division, 24th Marines, 1st Battalion. Wounded on March 8, 1945, evacuated and died of those wounds on March 13, 1945.
From The Norwalk Hour April 2, 1945
PFC LANE IS KILLED IN IWO JIMA ACTION
Private First Class Lorrin Lane, 20, Fourth Marine Division, son of Mrs. Arthur B. Lane Sr., of 26 Commerce Street, died of wounds received in the battle of Iwo Jima according to a War Department telegram received last night by his mother. PFC Lane had been in service since May 1943 and had been overseas since December 1944. Besides his mother he is survived by one brother, Arthur B. Lane of 75 Van Buren Avenue; one sister, Ruth Lane, who resides with her mother; and one aunt, Mrs. John Alschu of Linden, New Jersey. He was the grandson of a Civil War veteran. PFC Lane was with J. and J. Cash, Inc. Before he went into the service.
From The Norwalk Hour May 29, 1945
Mrs. Lottie Lane of 26 Commerce Street, mother of PFC Lorrin Lane who died in combat on March8 at Iwo Jima, has just received word from the United States Government that The Purple Heart Medal is to be sent to her as award of military merit for her son’s heroic conduct in the Battle of Iwo Jima. His commander, First Lieutenant Arthur L. McGilvray says of him, “in the time he was with us, he left nothing he was ever told to do, undone. He died with his platoon leader as they moved into the assault of one of the strong points of Iwo Jima. He knew no fear and died a hero in the eyes of his officers who were with him. He was a true Marine.” The Commandant of the Marine Corps informs Mrs. Lane that her son is also in line for the Asiatic – Pacific Medal. In memory of his valiant death and the gift of his life for his country, the American Red Cross in Washington is sending Mrs. Lane a United States flag to honor the memory of PFC Lane of the Fourth Marine Division.
From The Norwalk Hour April 12, 1948
PFC Lorrin Frederick Lane of the 24th Regiment, 4th Marine Division, who was killed in action on March 12, 1945, is among the war dead being returned to this country and will arrive in Norwalk on Tuesday at 12:30 P.M. PFC Lane was employed in the shipping department of J.J. Cass and Co. and was a member of the National Guard. He enlisted in the Marines on February 15, 1943 and went into active duty May 12, 1943. PFC Lane was in the battle of Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands. He received the Purple Heart Medal, the Asiatic – Pacific Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. Survivors are his mother, Mrs. Lottie Lane of 26 Commerce Street, on sister, Mrs. Ruth Sherman, and one brother, Arthur B. Lane Jr., all of Norwalk. Military services will be held at the Raymond Funeral Home, 5 East Wall Street, Wednesday at 2 P.M. Rev N.P. Giuliano, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene, will officiate and interment will take place in the veteran’s plot in Riverside Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded at the committal. The body, arriving at the railroad station Tuesday at 12:25 P.M. will be escorted by members of the White Fleet Committee to the funeral home. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 10 P.M. Tuesday. Members of the Mahackemo Detachment, Marine Corps League of this city will be pallbearers. Gold Star Mothers will take an active part in the funeral services.
From iwojima.com, Nellie Peters | July 14, 2010 6:20 PM
“My great-uncle died in the battle of Iwo Jima 3/13/45 His name was Lorrin Lane his hometown was Norwalk, CT though he was born in New Jersey. He was a Marine with Charlie Company 24th, as a BAR gunner he was wounded 2/22/45 and never left, wound was tended to and he was sent back to the battlefield where he died. I would love to have any pictures especially, and stories as well since I never got to meet this great young man who died for this country. He is buried here at our local cemetery which I pay respect every Memorial Day and I am in the process of having the VA replace his gravestone since it is no longer legible.”
Memorialized on the National Iwo Jima Memorial, Iwo Jima Way / Ella Grasso Way, New Britain, CT
PFC Lane is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Norwalk; Section 11, Plot 1. Photo by webmaster.