Claremore Daily Progress


June 6, 2013

D-Day: Service of Claremore’s Lantow brothers remembered



Dr. Sullivan is the provost emeritus at Cameron University. 
“As part of the tour, we visited the American Battlefield Monuments Commission ( cemeteries at Normandy and in Brittany.  As part of our homage to the fallen soldiers each of us on the trip was given a sector, row and grave number of an Oklahoman and we laid flowers on that grave,” said Dr. Sullivan. 
“As my wife approached her assigned grave, we noticed that Jake Powers was standing at the grave and had a picture with two young soldiers in it.  We learned that the two soldiers were brothers from Claremore—Robert and Norman Lantow.  Both brothers were paratroopers and members of the 501th PIR.”
Robert Lantow was killed in Normandy shortly after D-Day and Norman Lantow was killed in November 1945 in Holland during Operation Market Garden, an operation that is depicted in the movie “A Bridge Too Far.”
While at the cemetery, a guide printed out brief biographies on the brothers for the Sullivans.
“Robert Lantow was the third of the six children of the family and like the frest of the boys his days were filled with fishing and hunting after school and on weekends,” the short biography said.
“After graduation, he attended North Eastern State College on a tennis scholarship. For extra money he worked on the Will Rogers Memorial, while it was under construction. Before he enlisted in the Army, he tried to get in the Air Force, but was disqualified because he was color blind, even though he had a pilot’s license.”
Robert joined the army at the age of 21 in the summer of 1942.
In July 1942, he began paratrooper school and told his brother, Norman, how great it was, which prompted his brother to sign up for the training too.
Norman was the four child of the family. He attended Coffeyville Junior College, where he played football. He was in college less than a year before joining the Army in 1942 at age 18.
He joined his brother, Robert, as a member of the 101st Airborne Division.
On this anniversary of D-Day, remember all who have served and those who gave their lives for freedom. 
Remember those who continue to serve today.

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