By Honor Bound: Two Navy SEALs, the Medal of Honor, and a Story of Extraordinary Courage (Paperback)

By Honor Bound: Two Navy SEALs, the Medal of Honor, and a Story of Extraordinary Courage By Tom Norris, Mike Thornton, Dick Couch Cover Image

By Honor Bound: Two Navy SEALs, the Medal of Honor, and a Story of Extraordinary Courage (Paperback)


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By Honor Bound is the powerful and moving story of two Medal of Honor recipients, written by New York Times bestselling author Dick Couch.

“Delivers cracking-good minute-by-minute descriptions of two SEAL missions rich in suspense, with technically accurate fireworks and undeniable heroism.” —HistoryNet

In April of 1972, near the end of the Vietnam War, SEAL Lieutenant Tom Norris performed an unprecedented ground rescue of two American airmen who were shot down behind enemy lines in North Vietnam, a feat for which he would be awarded the Medal of Honor. Just six months later, Norris was sent on a dangerous special reconnaissance mission that would take his team deep into enemy territory. In the running gun battle that ensued, Lieutenant Norris was severely wounded; a bullet entered his left eye and exited the left side of his head. SEAL Petty Officer Mike Thornton, under heavy fire, fought his way back onto a North Vietnamese beach to rescue his officer—an act of heroism that earned him the Medal of Honor as well.

This is the true story of two living American legends who entered military service and the Navy SEAL teams for vastly different reasons—and were thrown together for a single combat mission that would define their lives.

TOM NORRIS received the Medal of Honor for his behind-enemy-lines rescue of two downed airmen in Vietnam in April 1972. He was born in Maryland and now lives in Northern Idaho.

MIKE THORNTON, a native of South Carolina, was awarded the Medal for saving the life of his SEAL officer, Lieutenant Tom Norris. He lives in Texas.

DICK COUCH is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who has served as a Navy SEAL and as a CIA case officer. His nonfiction works include By Honor Bound, Down Range, The Finishing School, and The Warrior Elite.
Product Details ISBN: 9781250130211
ISBN-10: 1250130212
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: June 13th, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English

"A compelling and highly readable excursion into the actions of valorous men facing improbable odds." -Admiral Eric T. Olson, USN (Ret), Former Commander, US Special Operations Command

"An exciting read and an All-American story that reflects their devotion to duty and to their brothers in arms."-Rick Perry, former Governor of Texas

"Tommy and Mike’s valorous heroics remind us all of the exceptional men and women who serve our country, both then and now.” —Admiral Mike Mullen, USN (ret.) Vietnam Veteran and 17th Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff