About the Project

Norman Lane Jr. has always been in the back of my mind. I remember the day my family learned of his death in Vietnam as well as I remember the day President Kennedy was assassinated. My Mom was almost like a daughter to Norman's grandparents in Brownsville, Tennessee, Marion and Elizabeth Thornton, and I spent many an hour at their house on North Washington Avenue as a kid. This is why I am involved today with the Norman Lane Jr. Memorial Project. About two years ago, I found Norman's page on The Virtual Wall website, and there was a very poignant post there by a fellow Marine, Allen Willyerd (see photo below), who had also been from Brownsville. Every now and then, I would take out my laptop at night and look for connections to Norman, particularly his service with the Marine Corps. It was this past January, 2014, when one of these searches, which focused on Norman's Marine Corps unit in Vietnam, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines (3/4 Marines), 3rd Marine Division, led me to the website of Michael G. Reagan (see photo below), a very successful portrait sketch artist in the Seattle area. Strangely, the same Allen Willyerd was credited for the one photo there from Michael's service in Vietnam, with Kilo Company, 3/4 Marines. Michael's involvement with Eric Herzberg and the Fallen Heroes Project led to that tribute for Norman, which was completed in February, 2014. That effort has now grown into the present Norman Lane Jr. Memorial Project.

Al Claiborne
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
August, 2014

Please see Norman Lane's Tribute posts with the Fallen Heroes Project and with the Vanderbilt Law School Class of 1965:
Fallen Heroes Project, "Norman E. Lane"
Vanderbilt Law School Class of 1965, "Norman E. Lane Jr.

Left, Cpl. Allen Willyerd. Right, Cpl. Michael Reagan. Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-1968.