In this episode US Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran, Norman VanCor, will be highlighted. He is an impressive representative of the Great Vietnam Veteran Generation. He was recently featured in a story in The sentinelsource.com, The Home of The Keene Sentinel titled: Monadnock Profile: War, Marines life-shaping experiences for Chesterfield man that was contributed by John McGauley. In the article he made a statement that lays out the bare essence of the tremendous value of military service to one’s country.
But first some disgusting news about a California Vietnam Veteran must be told. It comes from none other than The Washington Post titled: A Vietnam vet fled the Oroville Dam. While he was gone, burglars stole his war medals. submitted by Cleve R. Wootson Jr. The veteran was Mike Pomeroy who had his war medals, commendation papers and service mementos stolen by burglars when he and his wife, Gaylene evacuated due to the Oroville Dam Spillway Emergency. If you are in Northern California and know anything about this despicable act that might help in the arrest of the low lives who stole Pomeroy’s war items please contact the authorities.
The refreshing news in this episode is that of Norman VanCor and what he has done for his country both in time of war and peace. Something most remarkable about his story is what he says about the effect of his military service on his life. In Vietnam VanCor served in the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion of the Third Marine Division, its motto was, “Swift Silent Deadly.” He was nominated for the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions but it was downgraded to the Navy Cross. The U.S. Marines have a rule that to be awarded the Medal of Honor two witnesses “on the ground” must testify to the action. All the men in the engagement were either dead or too severely wounded to be aware of the goings on.
After the Marines VanCor spent a career in a Connecticut utility corporation. He summed up the effects of his time in the Marines as follows: “My experience in the Marine Corps set the tone for my life. What I went through helped me understand life, how to act, confidence; my ability to do things … all the things that the Marine Corps stood for I took seriously and applied to my life.”