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is honored on Panel 37W, Line 35 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of 1LT Robert L. Norton

    Posted on 11/21/17 - by
    On December 3, 1968, pilot 1LT Robert L. Norton and aerial observer 1LT Robert A. Carney were conducting Visual Reconnaissance/Tactical Air Coordination (Airborne) in an OV-10 Bronco light attack and observation aircraft from Marine Observation Squadron 2 (VMO-2) out of Marble Mountain Air Facility (MMAF) near Da Nang in Quang Nam Province, RVN. After failing to return back to base, another OV-10 was launched to search for Norton and Carney’s plane. Operations personnel learned through the AO net that they had been working for a Marine Regiment at Hill 55. When contacted, Hill 55 said that the recon aircraft had completed its mission with them and mentioned going into Happy Valley, a major Viet Cong/North Vietnamese Army base camp, storage area, and supply infiltration route. At that time, they would have gone there in clouds that were at about the 2000-foot level and lifting. The search OV-10 got this information and immediately went in to the valley to look for the missing plane. After about 30 minutes of searching, smoke was seen rising out of the trees on the north slope of the valley at about the 2800-foot level, the same level as the bottom of the clouds. As the clouds continued to lift, the search plane was able to see what appeared to be a crash site. The trees in the area showed almost no damage and it appeared that the plane had gone in straight down. A recon team later rappelled in and were able to identify Norton’s aircraft. It had gone in at a 90-degree dive and little was left. Recovery was made later after the crash site had cooled. [Taken from]
  • Semper Fi

    Posted on 12/3/13 - by A Marine, USMC, Vietnam
    Semper Fi, Lt.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/5/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear 1LT Robert Lyon Norton, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • In Honored Remembrance of Lieutenant Norton

    Posted on 8/24/03 - by Michael Robert Patterson
    Lieutenant Norton was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, thirty awards of the Air Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal and the Purple Heart.

    He and his crewmate, Robert A. Carney, First Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps, are buried together in Section 46 of Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Thank you Lieutenant Norton

    Posted on 8/13/03 - by Donald Lytle
    Although we never met personally, I want to thank you Robert Lyon Norton, for your courageous and valiant service, your many years of faithfully contributing, and your most holy sacrifice given to this great country of ours!

    Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore Sir, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!

    Again, thank you Lieutenant R.L. Norton, for a job well done!


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