Last Hours in Saigon

BATTLE OF IDEAS – 2018

November 14, 2017 – Veterans’ Tribute
7pm Concord Room, 845 West Market St., Troy
Dave Norman shares his experience of the evacuation of the US Embassy in Saigon.
Dave grew up in Fairborn, Ohio and attended Fairborn Park Hills High School. In early 1972 he learned his draft number was 10 which meant he would be drafted in to military service after graduating high school. Instead of being drafted, he enlisted in the Marine Corps delayed entry program in March of 1972. After high school graduation he went to Marine Corps Basic Training at San Diego, California, graduating in December and then went to infantry training at Camp Pendleton, California. In March 1973 Dave volun-teered for assignment to a Marine Corps infantry unit in South Vietnam. Upon comple-tion of his first tour of duty in Vietnam (March of 1974) he volunteered to attend the Marine Security Guard (MSG) School in Arlington, Virginia. After completing MSG training in June 1974 he was assigned duties at the American Em-bassy in Saigon, RVN. He worked as a member of the Marine Security Detachment at the American Embassy through the evacuation in April 1975. After the evacuation he was assigned to the American Consulate in Frankfort Germany until September 1976. Dave left the Marine Corps and returned home to Fairborn in October 1976.
Dave currently resides in Staunton Township in Miami County, he is married to Susie (Roeth) Norman and they have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. He is a Captain at the Miami County Sheriff’s Office and is cur-rently the Jail Administrator for both jails.

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