KENNETH D NORTON
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HONORED ON PANEL 17W, LINE 48 OF THE WALL

KENNETH DEAN NORTON

WALL NAME

KENNETH D NORTON

PANEL / LINE

17W/48

DATE OF BIRTH

08/19/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KIEN HOA

DATE OF CASUALTY

10/07/1969

HOME OF RECORD

LADY LAKE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Lake County

STATE

FL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

LTJG

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR KENNETH DEAN NORTON
POSTED ON 7.12.2018
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of LTJG Kenneth D. Norton

Final Mission of LTJG Kenneth D. Norton
On the afternoon of October 7, 1969, U.S. Navy Patrol Craft Fast boats (PCF’s), also known as Swift Boats, where on normal Sea Tiger patrol on the Truong Giang River, about 17 miles southeast of Da Nang in Quang Tin Province, RVN. PCFs 61 and 69 were destroying fishing wiers (obstructions placed in tidal waters to trap fish) when they received heavy automatic weapons fire. The Swift boats withdrew to the northeast and saturated the area with 81mm mortars and then made a .50 caliber strafing run on the enemy positions. After rearming, both units proceeded north to exit the Truong Giang River, when they received heavy automatic weapons, semi-automatic, and 57mm recoilless rifle fire from bunker positions. In the general hail of fire, the helmsman, Officer-in-Charge of PCF 61, LTJG Kenneth D. Norton, was killed and PCF 61 ran hard aground while traveling at full speed. At the same time, both Swift boats received 57mm recoilless rocket rounds close aboard, resulting in minor damage to PCF 69 and punctured the port fuel tank of PCF 61, causing minor flooding. Both units suppressed the enemy fire. PCF 101, helicopter gunships, and a medivac helicopter arrived on the scene at 1:31 PM. The helo gunships saturated the area with rocket and mini gun fire while LTJG Norton was medevacked. PCFs 69 and 101 pulled PCF 61 free at 4:00 PM and proceeded, without further incident, to Coastal Group 14 headquarters, with the helo gunships providing cover. There were 20 structures destroyed in the operation. One other U.S. sailor received minor wounds, and was treated and returned to duty. Enemy casualties are unknown. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and swiftboats.net]
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POSTED ON 9.21.2017
POSTED BY: Kenneth Dean Norton II

We never had time to meet

We never had time to meet
I was born the day you were buried at sea. My father said hello to me and goodbye to you on the same day. I am honored to have been given your name and I thank you dear;y for your service. To my uncle, thank you.
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POSTED ON 10.8.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear LTJG Kenneth Dean 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
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POSTED ON 10.4.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear LTJG Kenneth Dean 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
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POSTED ON 8.20.2013
POSTED BY: Sue Edwards, Legacies of Swift Boat Sailors (www.LSBS.org)

We Remember

We honor you today by posting a photo of you and remembering your bravery.
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