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Thomas Norris, a native of Jacksonville, Florida was a Navy SEAL officer attached to the US Military Assistance Command Headquarters in Vietnam. In April 1972 Lt Norris lead a 5 man patrol deep into enemy controlled territory in Quang Tri Province to rescue two downed pilots. He was able to locate and rescue one of the pilots but not the second. Two days later, the second pilot was found, and Norris, dressed in disguise as a fisherman, took a sampan, and with 1 Vietnamese aide, traveled all night to locate and rescue the second pilot. All returned safely to base but not before coming under heavy fire as the reach their FOB (Forward Operating Base).