Force Recon Diary, 1969
The Riveting, True-To-Life Account of Survival and Death in One of the Most Highly Skilled Units in Vietnam
Publication Date: March 1991
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The riveting, true-to-life account of survival, heroism and death in the elite Marine 3d Force Recon unit, one of one two Marine units to receive the Valorous Unit Citation during the Vietnam War. Doc Norton, leader of 3d Force Recon, recounts his team's experiences behind enemy lines during the tense patrols, sudden ambushes and acts of supreme sacrifice that occurred as they gathered valuable information about NVA operations right from the source.
Norton is U.S. Marines retired. He served in Vietnam as an enlisted army navy corpsman attached to the 1st and 3d Force Recon companies and was awarded the Bronze Star. After his discharge from the navy, he attended college at the College of Charleston (SC) and took a commission in the Marines. Major Norton retired from the Marines in the mid-90's. He currently serves as a tactical officer at the Citadel.