Colton, Michael Norris, HM3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
HM-0000-Hospital Corpsman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospital Corpsman
Primary Unit
1969-1969, HM-8404, 3rd Tank Bn
Service Years
1967 - 1969
HM-Hospital Corpsman

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Alexandria, MN

Casualty Date
Jul 28, 1969
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Nelson Cemetery - Nelson, Minnesota
Wall/Plot Coordinates
20W 063

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
(HM) Hospital Corpsman A School, Fort Sam Houston, TexasField Medical Service School, Camp Pendleton, CAMCRD San Diego3rd Tank Bn
  1967-1968, HN-0000, (HM) Hospital Corpsman A School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas
  1968-1968, HN-8404, Field Medical Service School, Camp Pendleton, CA
  1968-1968, HM-8404, MCRD San Diego
  1969-1969, HM-8404, 3rd Tank Bn
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (68-69)/Operation Dewey Canyon
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign/Operation Apache Snow
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign/Operation Utah Mesa
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jul 28, 2012, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Michael Norris Colton was one of nine children born to Stanley and Alice Colton. The family lived near Argusville, North Dakota, and Mike spent the first 16 years of his life on a farm along the Red River. He was a happy child, with a fondness for animals. When he was a freshman in high school, Mike's family moved to a farm near Alexandria, Minnesota. He enjoyed working with the animals on the farm and gave each animal a special name. Mike was well-liked by everyone because of his positive attitude towards life. As a junior and senior in high school, he was an active member in the Alexandria 4-H program, and had hopes of becoming a veterinarian in the future. After graduation from Jefferson High school in Alexandria, Mike lived in Kankakee, Illnois, and worked for Roper Corporation.

At the age of 20, Mike enlisted in the Navy to gain experience in the field of medicine. Mike became a hospital Corpsman in the Naval Hospital in San Diego, California. After his training, he was shipped to Quang Tri Province in Vietnam as a corpsman for the Marines. He was wounded in action, but elected to remain in Vietnam. A few days later, he was killed in an attempt to rescue his commanding officer from a tank. He is survived by his mother, five brothers, three sisters, and many nieces and nephews. We miss him a great deal, but the memory of his cheerful personality will remain with us forever.


The family of Michael Colton


From "The Faces Behind the Names," by Don Ward


Mike was the best man at my wedding. We met at Hospital Corps School in San Diego and were friends from then on. After the birth of my first daughter, Mike would babysit for my wife & I. He loved kids & looked froward to the day that he could become a father too. (Sadly, that day would never come).
He was a happy, cheerful farm kid, who never said a bad word about anyone. He was tall & skinny - thats how he got the nickname "worm".
It was my pleasure to have known Michael Norris Colton.
Take care buddy..............
Posted by: Mike McCann
Relationship: Other:
Friday, January 3, 2003
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