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Bill Norman (#48163127)
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Bio Photo I grew up in Sedona, Arizona, back before it was "discovered." I still consider Sedona to be my hometown even though I no longer live there.

In 1965 I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. I was a Recon Marine, serving with 1st Recon Bn in Viet Nam and with 2nd Recon Bn at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. I received my Honorabe Discharge from the Corps in 1971.

My primary focus in Find A Grave is to create new memorials, or add to existing memorials, for the Marines and Navy Corpsmen of 1st Recon Bn who fought the Battle of Hill 488 - those who died on the hill and those who have since passed on - plus the five Marines from Charlie 1/5, VMO-2 and VMO-6 who died coming to the rescue of their Recon brothers. Semper Fi.

My secondary focus is to create new memorials, or add to existing memorials, for the Marines of Recruit Platoon 145 - The Arizona Platoon - MCRD San Diego - 1965.

And finally I wish to locate and obtain photos of the graves of relatives in my personal family tree and also those in my wife's family tree, and to create new memorials when appropriate.
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Ray
Captain Glenn Dill Mann, USMC
Mr Mann,

Presently I am a Marine in another uniform, now at the age of almost 70 years old.

As a young 18 year old in the Vietnam War, I had the honor of being a member of the squadron of VMO-6, also known as Marine Observation Squadron Six.

I was assigned to the S-1 Office of this historic squadron. This squadron served in World War II at Guadalcanal, above Iwo Jima, and over the skies of what was then the Republic of South Vietnam.

The above Marine was my administrative officer I worked for, for two months at Ky Ha, South Vietnam. Captain Mann was killed in action.

Would you be related to Captain Mann?

I also write you regarding Major William Joseph Goodsell, who was the Commanding Officer of VMO-6 at the time of his demise in the Vietnam War.

It should be noted that then Captain Stephen W Pless, USMC, also a pilot of VMO-6, earned the Medal of Honor, and his crew of three others, earned each the Navy Cross. Captain Pless was accidently killed while operating his motorcycle after returning to CONUS.

Another Marine that I have seen nothing written about, was LCpl James E. Antone. LCpl Antone was the crew chief of the helicopter that Major Goodsell was piloting on 16 June 1966 over Hill 488.

Major Goodsell's co-pilot, 1st Lt Butler, has been mentioned as it was the Lt that took command of the helicopter the Major was piloting when he was hit by enemy fire.

LCpl Antone, immediately assisted the Lt to maintain some control over the helicopter as it was also badly damaged, where they had to autorotate in landing.

For LCpl Antone's action that day in 1966, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. As you may be aware the Distinguished Flying Cross is usually awarded to officers of the Marine Corps that are pilots. LCpl Antone is very much a low ranking enlisted Marine. The Distinguished Flying Cross ranks above the Bronze Star Medal.

During the time VMO-6 was involved in the Vietnam War, approximately 54 Marines sacrificed their lives. Furthermore, six Marines earned the Navy Cross during the time mentioned, including Major William Joseph Goodsell.

I provide this information to you with those names of Marines that should be honored by you for their performances within the Vietnam War.

Semper Fidelis


Sgt Raymond L Britt, USMC
(a Marine in another uniform)
Added by Ray on Dec 04, 2016 10:50 PM
Joseph Mann
RE: Emil Veverica
Bill,

You're very welcome. I am glad to have been of help. I was planning on stopping by the cemetery today anyway, so it was easy to fulfill your request.

Joe
Added by Joseph Mann on Nov 23, 2016 5:22 PM
Deaf Pride
RE: Cacciatore Photos
You are very welcome. Happy to helped.
Added by Deaf Pride on Nov 21, 2016 7:49 PM
Julie & Ray
RE: Woodson Headstones
You are very welcome Bill - thank YOU for your service!!
Added by Julie & Ray on Oct 22, 2016 8:34 PM
Cindy Coffell
Donald Hammell
Thank you for the new information for Donald's memorial. I appreciate you! I did not know him or his family and would be happy to transfer this memorial to your care. Please let me know if I may do so.
Added by Cindy Coffell on Oct 19, 2016 4:34 AM
Geo
RE: Norman and Gauper Headstones
I searched again, and found no evidence of any military marker. Sorry.

Geo
Added by Geo on Oct 09, 2016 9:01 PM
Jenean Hamilton
RE: Witt Headstones
Thank you, you are very welcome! Jenean
Added by Jenean Hamilton on Oct 05, 2016 10:25 AM
kat
RE: Posting Photo
Semper Fi. Absolutely, please feel free to use the photos. Others have done the same for me. Glad the are being used.
Added by kat on Oct 05, 2016 8:26 AM
Geo
RE: Norman and Gauper Headstones
I did not see evidence of any other marker. I will look again next time I am over there.
Added by Geo on Oct 02, 2016 7:36 PM
Geo
RE: Norman and Gauper Headstones
Welcome. Happy to help.
Added by Geo on Oct 02, 2016 5:25 AM
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