Michael E Thornton, Navy Seal, who was the only man to be awarded the Medal of Honor for rescuing another eventual Medal of Honor recipient, Thomas Norris. Also an original founding member of Seal Team 6.
Navy SEAL Medal of Honor Recipient Mike Thornton~ SEAL Thomas Norris (MOH recipient) was shot in the face and believed dead. Thornton ran into a hail of enemy fire to retrieve Norris’ body, and found him badly wounded and unconscious, but alive. He dragged Norris to the beach, inflated his life vest, and swam both Norris and a wounded South Vietnamese commando seaward for two hours before they were rescued.
Mike Thornton – Thornton received the Medal of Honor for his service during the Vietnam War. On Oct. 31, 1972, Lieutenant Thornton was part of a five-man Navy SEAL patrol that was gathering intelligence near the Cua Viet River Base. However, they had been dropped in the wrong place – inside North Vietnam.