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Torval Harold Vik

T/5 in 3133rd Signal Service Co


Born 1920 in MA, Died 2002


County of residence at enlistment: Worcester County, MA
Other residence(s): Palmer, MA; Worcester, MA
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Occupation before the war: semiskilled occupations in building of aircraft, n.e.c.
College education after the war: Worcester Art Museum School
Notes: Rank was missing in GA roster; assigned here per gravestone
Source: 3133rd roster from 10th Mountain Division Museum at Fort Drum

Torval Vik was born on February 17, 1920 in Palmer, MA, the younger of two sons. His father, a crank operator in a wire mill, had been born in Norway.

Torval's father died when he was 15, and his mother when he was 18, so he and his brother went to live with their uncle and grandmother.

He graduated from Commerce High School, where he met the woman who would later become his wife: Shirley Fjelman. In 1939 Torval was working as a bell boy, and, in 1940, he was working in a machine shop and his brother in the wire mill.

He registered for the draft on July 1, 1941, at which time he was engaged to Shirley and working at Leland-Gifford Co. in Worcester; the firm manufactured machine tools.

Torval married Shirley later that year (and his brother married the same year).  He enlisted on October 27, 1942, and was called to duty on November 10. He served in North Africa, likely in 1943, ended up in the 3133 Signal Service Company, and saw service in Italy near the end of the war. He was discharged from the Army on November 25, 1945 with the rank of T/5 and returned to Worcester.

He used his GA Bill benefits to study at the Worcester Art Museum School, graduating in 1950. That year the census reports that he was working as a commercial artist in the advertising industry, and Shirley was working as a clerk/typist for an insurance company.

The couple had two children: Steven and Paula. Torval continued to work as a commercial artist in the Worcester and Boston areas throughout his career, and worked for Commonwealth Press Co., retiring in 1986.

He was an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts and Little League, and a member of Greendale Retired Men's Club, American Legion Post 204, and Disabled American Veterans. He also practiced fine arts and sculpting in his spare time.

Torval died on January 2, 2002 and is buried at All Faiths Cemetery in Worcester, MA.


1920 Massachusetts birth index

1930 census

1938 mother's obituary in the Evening Gazette (Worcester MA)

1939 US city directory, Worcester MA

1940 census

1941 draft card

1941 marriage record

1942 enlistment record

1950 census

1959 US city directory, Worcester MA

2002 US Veterans' Gravesites

2002 VA death record

2002 Social Security applications and claims index

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2002 obituary in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)

2014 wife's obituary

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