Retired Army Col. Norman E. Hartman, 85, a veteran of both world wars and a retired civil defense coordinator for the city of Alexandria, died Saturday at Alexandria Hospital of arteriosclerotic heart disease.
Col. Hartman, a Coast Artillery officer, received his commission during World War I and served in France. During World War II, he saw duty in Corsica, Italy and France, where he participated in the Normandy landing on D-Day.
He later served in Hawaii and Panama and was head of the ROTC program at Fordham University for four years before being assigned to the Pentagon as a personnel officer in 1950. He retired in 1953.
From 1954 to about 1964, he was Alexandria's civil defense coordinator and coordinator of Alexandria's annual Washington's Birthday parade.
He was born in Middletown, Va. He graduated from The Pennsylvania State University and earned a master's degree in engineering from the University of Michigan.
His military decorations include the Legion of Merit and the Croix de Guerre from France.
He was a member of the Alexandria Optimist Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Post 24. He was a Mason, a Shriner for more than 50 years and a member of Kena Temple Shrine.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth M., of the home in Alexandria; a stepson, Charles H. Ridgely, of Los Angeles, and three grandchildren.