NORRINGTON, GILES RODERICK
Name: Giles Roderick Norrington Rank/Branch: O3/United States Navy, pilot Unit: RVAH 1 Date of Birth: 27 Sept 35 Home City of Record: Springfield OH Date of Loss: 05 May 1968 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 181800 N 1053800 E Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: RA5C Missions: 22 Other Personnel in Incident: Richard Tangeman, Returnee
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK April 1997 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Update in 2001 with information from Capt. Norrington.
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SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977 Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602 Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and spelling errors).
GILES R. NORRINGTON Lieutenant Commander- United States Navy Shot Down: May 5, 1968 Released: March 14, 1973
An open letter to my fellow Americans:
For almost five years I dreamed of looking at a horizon. I prayed for the day when we would all feel a fresh wind on our faces and feel the indescribable sensation of freedom. I have read a great deal of material written by people who asked, "Why Vietnam?" I would ask in return, "Why Lexington? Why Concord? Why Okinawa?" Since its birth as a nation our United States has realized its international responsibility, and we have demonstrated time and time again that we are a nation of people who care. We care about the filth in which millions live; we care about the lack of medical care from which so many suffer; we care about children whose life expectancy is measured in months rather than years; and we care about spiritual and political freedom ... that's why Vietnam! All of us who have served in this conflict are grateful for having had the chance to do so. And those of us who were prisoners of war are the fortunate ones. We came home. It remains for us to continue our work. We must have an accurate accounting of our missing brothers-in-arms. We must not forget Vietnam, or Laos, or Cambodia, or anywhere men fight for the right to govern themselves in Freedom.
My personal experiences in Vietnam are typical. I gained strength through my God and my fellow prisoners of war. They are giants among men, and I am privileged to have served with them. I have seen that beautiful horizon and now look forward to a full, happy life as a citizen of a free and responsible nation.
God Bless America . . . and preserve us as a Nation.
Giles Norrington retired from the United States Navy as a Captain. He and his wife Eileen reside in North Ridgeville, Ohio.
------------------------------------ Memories of Vietnam Club Honors Ex-POW on Anniversary of His Release By Lan Nguyen Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, March 27 1997; Page V01 The Washington Post
Navy Lt. Giles Norrington was making his 22nd reconnaissance flight into North Vietnamese territory when communist rebels shot off the right wing of his RA-5C Vigilante. The plane erupted into a fireball. As Norrington and his navigator, Richard Tangeman, tried to escape, Norrington thought, "It's taking a long time to die."......
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