Marion Henry Norman

First Lieutenant
United States Marine Corps
27 September 1940 - 30 March 1968
Houston, Texas
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Marion Henry Norman

31 Oct 2006

To a brave Marine and a great uncle

The family remembers the joy you brought and the sacrifice you made. You were a wonderful person and are sorely missed by all who knew you. We all love you.

From his nephew,
Gene Norman

08 Nov 2006

We miss you, Uncle Henry, and you will never be forgotten. You were so loved and respected by all who knew you. A true hero to me you will always be.

From his niece,
Judy Norman Pettit

18 May 2007

I attended Field Artillery Officer Basic School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma with Hank Norman from April-June 67. Hank was a man of integrity, open and friendly with all of his Marine officer classmates. A little older than most of us, he always had a kind of encouragement and was always upbeat and optimistic.

From a colleague and fellow Marine officer,
Dan Moore

26 Jul 2007

Henry, you are really missed by everyone that loved you. You wouldn't believe how many people from Milby still want to talk to me about you. The stories I hear I know can't be all true.

Last night someone in your high school class told me she asked you to sign her yearbook and then asked for one of your senior pictures. She said you didn't really know her but you took the time to write a note and you gave her a picture. She said you were so sweet to her and SO Handsome she will never forget you. Well, we won't either. We miss you.

Love, Betty Sue
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A Note from The Virtual Wall

An action by Bravo 1/26 on 30 March 1968 was reflected only by a brief comment in the Battalion's Operations Journal:
"30 MAR 1968 SUMMARY: Co B conducted a search and destroy mission. During this patrol Co B received mortar and small arms fire causing 71 WIA's, nine KIA's, and two MIA's."
but there was more to it than that. Quoting from the 1/26 Command Chronology for March 1968,
"Intelligence sources revealed that Company B met and defeated in detail the main elements of a NVA Battalion, inflicted 115 NVA KIA and destroyed numerous amounts of ammunition, weapons, and equipment. The operation resulted in ten friendly KIA, two MIA, and 100 WIA, 49 of which were evacuated. ... The aggressive fighting spirit of Company B combined with supporting arms fire enabled the company to engage and defeat in detail a numerically superior enemy force entrenched in mutually supporting fortified positions, in the first planned offensive attack of a known enemy position in the battle for KHE SANH Combat Base."
The bodies of the two "missing in action" Marines were subsequently recovered. The twelve men who died in the engagement were
  • 1stLt Marion H. Norman, Houston, TX (A Btry, 1st Bn, 13th Marines)
  • Sgt Donald A. Warren, San Diego, CA
  • Cpl David A. Aldrich, Gibsonburg, OH
  • Cpl Albert R. Sanford, Russellville, KY (H&S Co with B/1/26)
  • LCpl Wayne P. Moore, Plymouth, MA
  • LCpl Author C. Smith, Glen Allen, AL
  • Pfc David B. Anderson, Avoca, IA
  • Pfc Ted D. Britt, Decatur, GA (Silver Star)
  • Pfc Jimmie L. Jones, Cordova, AL
  • Pfc Donald R. Rash, Pocahontas, VA (Navy Cross)
  • Pfc Jose Ruiz, New York, NY
  • Pfc Kenneth R. Totten, Brewster, NY
1stLt Norman was the Artillery Forward Observer; he was killed by a mortar shell which also seriously wounded the Bravo Company Commander, Captain K. W. Pipes, and all members of the company command group. The two men reported as missing in action were LCpl Author Smith and Pfc Ted Britt; their bodies were subsequently recovered.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 31 Oct 2006
Last updated 08/10/2009