He sure was quite a Soldier.
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John "Jack" Norton, a D-day veteran who helped refine the
Army's use of helicopters in battle, died of cancer at the
age of 86. Norton spent about 40 years in the Army. During
World War II, he was a paratrooper with the 505th Parachute
Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division. On D-day,
he went behind German lines into the French village of St.
Mere-Eglise. In the late 1940s, Norton helped Army Gen.
James Gavin plan policies to coordinate airborne activities
with the newly formed Air Force. After receiving certifi-
cation as an airplane and helicopter pilot in 1956, Norton
had a major role in shaping aviation within the Army.
Norton was widowed twice, and is survived by three children,
a sister, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.