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NORMAN KARL BILLIPP


is honored on Panel 25W, Line 9 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 3/14/18 - by Dennis Wriston
    Captain Norman Karl Billipp, Served with Marine Observation Squadron 6 (VMO-6), Marine Aircraft Group 39 (MAG-39), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
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  • Final Mission of MAJ Norman K. Billipp

    Posted on 1/21/18 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    MAJ Norman K. Billipp was a U.S. Marine reconnaissance pilot and MAJ John R. Hagen his aerial observer. On May 6, 1969, they were in a Cessna O-1G (#156682) Bird Dog from Marine Observation Squadron 6 (VMO-6). They had been assigned an AO (Area of Operations) along Route 9 past Khe Sahn to the Lao Bao prison on the border in Northern I Corps. The day was marked by massive thunderstorms in the area, and Billipp and Hagen failed to return to Quang Tri after their normal 2.5 hours of flight time. An extensive air search was instituted with negative results. It is unknown what happened to the flight. They may not have heard the general recall due to weather, or perhaps it didn't look that bad where they were. It is highly probable that they waited too long and got caught in a storm cell. No transmissions were heard and a multi-day search revealed nothing. Both Marines were put into a status of Missing in Action. In 1996, a crash site was excavated in Laos in which items were recovered that positively identified the remains of both crewmen. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and popasmoke.com]
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 3/15/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR CAPTAIN NORMAN BILLIPP,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A FIXED WING VMA PILOT. SEMPER FI. I AM GLAD YOU WERE FOUND IN 1996. WELCOME HOME. IT HAS BEEN FAR TOO LONG FOR ALL OF YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE.. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE. MANY OF US HAVE BEGUN OUR JOURNEY TO EASTER. YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS.
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  • The All American Hero

    Posted on 3/12/17 - by Warren Brainard-Smith
    Norm lived just down the hall form me at the Univ. of Wisc. He was a man who knew where he was going and couldn't wait to get there. Driven, dedicated and absolutely Fearless and to me the last person you would ever think would not to come back.

    I think of you often.


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  • We searched

    Posted on 5/27/16 - by John Beal
    We searched and searched and searched, optimistic at first and then with broken hearts. I worried about this for years and was heartened to see they had found you. I so wish we had and hope your flight to be with the angels was quick.
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

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