A Gold Star Mother’s loss

Winnie Noller and her son, Fred, age 3, are shown in this 1925 family photo. 

A Gold Star Mother is a mother who lost a son or daughter while serving in the armed forces of the United States. My grandmother, Winifred “Winnie” Mae Moss Noller, was a Gold Star Mother.

My uncle, Fred William Noller, was killed-in-action on Okinawa, Japan, on April 9, 1945. He served as a forward observer with the 6th Joint Assault Support Company of the 6th U.S. Marine Division. He was 23 years old.

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