April 24, 1915 (Vintondale, PA) – June 12, 1944; 29 years old; married to the former Margaret Kuchma on July 12, 1941 in Norwalk; no children
Last local address: 20 Oak Street, Norwalk
Service number: 8079337
USS NELSON (DD-623)
KURTZMAN, John, SEA2, 8079337, USS Nelson (DD-623), Normandy/Cherbourg Bombardment, June 12, 1944, (CasCode121) killed in combat, dd June 12, 1944 (bp5) + KURTZMAN, John, Sea2c, USN, Nelson DD-623, June 12, 1944 (nm) + KURTZMAN, John, Seaman Second Class, 8079337, USN, from Connecticut, Jun-44, Cambridge American Cemetery (bm) + KURTZMAN, John, Seaman 2c, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Margaret Kurtzman, 20 Oak St., South Norwalk, Conn (na)
From hazegray.org: The USS Nelson was anchored in position 13 the night of 12 June as part of the D-Day invasion. Thus far her only contact with the enemy had been in the form of a glide bomb which had exploded harmlessly off the starboard quarter during her first night in the area. At 0105 on the 13th she made a radar contact, challenged the contact by flashing light, and opened fire. The target slowed, turned away, and split into three distinct blips. The destroyer had loosed ten salvos when a torpedo struck her just aft the No. 4 gun mount blowing off the stern and No.4 mount. Maloy (DE-791) stood by to transfer personnel, and Nelson was taken in tow. Twenty-four of her crew were killed or missing including Seaman Kurtzman, and 9 wounded.
S2C Kurtzman is buried in Cambridge American Cemetery; Plot C, Row 5, Grave 57