- Robert S. Jordan
Norstad, Lauris (24 March 1907–12 September 1988), air force officer, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of the Reverend Martin Norstad, a Norwegian Lutheran minister, and Marie Johnson. He grew up in Red Wing, Minnesota, and after high school received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy, where he graduated in 1930, ranking 139 in a class of 241 students. He was commissioned into the cavalry, but in 1931 he transferred to the Air Corps, an option for young officers. Norstad’s penchant for analysis as well as action, which had already been evident when he was at West Point, doubtless was a factor in his interest in a career in the Air Corps, then undergoing constant doctrinal debates as well as technological changes. During the 1930s he served as commander of the Eighteenth Pursuit Group at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. In 1935 he married Isabelle Helen Jenkins; they had one daughter....