Taking command of a unit in battle conditions is a tremendous responsibility, and James Alan Norwood did so during his service in Vietnam.
Norwood graduated from Florence State University in 1969 as “Distinguished Military Graduate” in the ROTC program. He was commissioned 2nd lietenant in the U.S. Army.
He received specialized training at Fort Benning, Georgia, including Ranger School and Airborne School in the summer of 1969.
Norwood left the military with the rank of captain, but also with several awards and citations, including the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Bronze Star for Valor (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), Ranger Tab, Paratrooper Wings, Army Commendation Medal, Air Medal, National Defense Medal, and Vietnamese Campaign Medal with 60 device, Vietnamese Occupation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.