Please join us in welcoming Norman VanCor in an online Zoom event where he will be presenting his memoir Swift Silent Deadly.
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In November 1968, 20-year-old Norman VanCor, a Recon Marine, would step off a Continental Airlines plane onto the tarmac in Da Nang, South Viet Nam and travel to Quang Tri on the bed of a 6-by truck, through mud and torrential rain. Quang Tri, the base camp and headquarters of Third Marine Division, Third Reconnaissance Battalion, Charlie Company, Team 2, would be his new home. Swift Silent Deadly chronicles VanCor's missions into the jungle with his four team members in "Ringlet." Countless missions in harm's way, five Marines would have to find the North Vietnamese Army (NVA), gather intelligence, break away to a helicopter rendezvous and return to base camp to report their findings. They ventured into the DMZ and beyond, and into the jungle's grip. Some missions were successful, others would end in fierce firefights and men would die. VanCor's experiences are the heart and soul of the book. His legacy to his family is real, sometimes heart-wrenching and sometimes even a little humorous. VanCor writes candidly about the mental state of being at war and chronicles everyday life in base camp, as well as provides graphic details of survival in a jungle with enemy eyes always watching, ready to strike.
Norman VanCor spent his younger life in Ashfield, Massachusetts, finishing high school and living much of his adult life in Southington, Connecticut. A successful career in the utility industry has led Norm to a retired life in Chesterfield, New Hampshire where he lives with his wife, Eliane Rork Dall.