PRIVATE FIRST CLASS HAROLD DRYDEN “BABE” RASMUSSEN; U.S. ARMY

February 27, 1922 (Wilton, CT) – December 15, 1944; 22 years old
Married to Antoinette Ann Ritzo Rasmussen Redican (1924-2021)
Last local address: 88 Winfield Street, Norwalk
Enlisted December 11, 1942
Service number: 11103753
Unit: 36th Infantry Division, 143rd Infantry Regiment, Company L

Born to Christian Emil [born in Denmark] (1886-1968) and Edna Beers Rasmussen (1885-1969). Brothers Harry (1913-1987), Olaf Everett (1915-1997), Warren Christian (1916-1970), and Walter M. (1920-2012). Sister, Jansene Marie “Betsy” Rasmussen Slawson (1917-2000).

Brother, Walter McCall Rasmussen also received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received at Maastricht, France in 1944.


Awarded the Purple Heart Medal.


From The Norwalk Hour January 17, 1945

Mrs. Antoinette Rasmussen of 126 Barbara Drive has been notified by the War Department that her husband PFC Harold D. “Babe” Rasmussen, was killed in action on December 15th somewhere in France. He enlisted in the armed forces on December 11, 1942, and was stationed at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He went overseas in July 1944. Before going into the service, PFC Rasmussen was with the Superior Castings Corp. on Meadow Street. His wife is the former Miss Antoinette Ritzo, daughter of Michael Ritzo of Norwalk and his parents are Mr. and Mrs. Emil C. Rasmussen of 256 Rowayton Avenue, Rowayton, Norwalk. His brother, Corporal Walter “Bill” Rasmussen, who was in Germany, has been wounded and is now in a hospital somewhere in England.


Buried at Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, 385 Rue de la Rondenolle, 88000 Dinozé, France; Lot A, Row 19, Grave 31.Photo provided by Azouz Amekouar, Assistant Superintendent, Epinal American Cemetery.


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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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