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Wanting a proper memorial for EN1 Lachlan Noren I located and contacted his brother Marlow Noren who graciously agreed to research and compose the following article depicting Lachlan's 30 some odd years of service to his country in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Navy Reserve.

I wish to offer Marlow my gratitude and thanks for his contribution to this site and for allowing us to honor his brother by publishing the article for all to read.

Naval History of EN1 Lachlan Marvin Noren

Lachlan Marvin Noren was born on May 5, 1925 in Minneapolis Minnesota. He attended St. Louis Park Public Schools and was to graduate in June of 1943 instead he enlisted in the United States Navy on May 4, 1943 in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the age of 18 years.

He was assigned to the Navel Training Center at Farragut, Idaho for basic training. He also attended Hospital Corpsman School at Farragut, Idaho. After completing his hospital training he was assigned to the USS Argonne, AG-31 for duty.

The USS Argonne AG-31 was a Troop Ship. USS Argonne was at berth #14 at Manus, Admiralty Islands, when the Ammunition Ship Mont Hood AE-11 blew up which was docked 1100 yard away. 221 pieces of debris from 1 inch to 130 inches were recovered from the Argonne totaling 1300 pounds. Lachlan suffered minor problems from the explosion.

After departing the USS Argonne AG-31 his next duty station was the USN Base Hospital #18 and USN Fleet Hospital #111 both on the Island of Guam. There he did normal Hospital Corpsman duties and also help recover remains of the service personnel that had died in the service of their country.

After serving the base hospitals he was than assigned to the USS Tranquility AH-14A a Haven Class Hospital ship where he assisted in the Surgery department along with his regular Hospital Corpsman duties.

He was discharged from the Navy on 17 February 1946 at the Naval Reserve Station in Minneapolis, Minnesota. During 1943 and 1946 he held the rates of Seamen Recruit, Seamen second class, Hospital Apprentice second class and Hospital Apprentice first class. He reenlisted in the US Naval Inactive Reserve on 28 January 1947 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was recalled to active duty for the Korean Conflict on 27 March 1951 and was stationed at Naval Training Center, Bainbridge. Maryland. He served there until 27 January 1952 when he was discharged from active duty.

He re-enlisted on 28 January 1952 in the Naval Reserve in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He remained a Hospital Corpsman until 14 June 1958 when he changed his rate from Hospital Corpsman to Engineman second class due to his being a heavy duty equipment and field mechanic in public life. He was advance to Engineman first class on 16 September 1962.

Lachlan M Noren served in several reserve units during his Naval Career. He retired on 28 May 1980 with over 30 years of service. Lachlan Marvin Noren EN1 passed away on July 8, 2009 at the age of 84 years. He was buried in his uniform with full Military Honors at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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