About Norman Lloyd
Norman Lloyd grew up in a coal mining town on the east coast of Australia. He left home at the age of 14 and worked on a dairy farm milking cows.
Later, Lloyd ventured into the Outback and worked as a kangaroo shooter. Eventually, he saved enough money to purchase his first camera, a Bolex 16mm (which he would later carry with him to Vietnam). In June of 1965, Lloyd landed a job as a cameraman for a local TV station. After a few years of experience, he flew to Vietnam on a one way ticket to cover the war as a freelance cameraman. Lloyd covered the war for four years, filming combat in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. While covering the war, Lloyd was embedded with U.S. troops in the field. Through his close contact with troops, Lloyd developed a deep respect and appreciation for the commitment and sacrifice he witnessed. As a young man, Lloyd had admired and appreciated the US for the role they played in rescuing Australia from the Japanese during World War II and his first hand experience with US troops in South East Asia fortified his reverence for the US military. After the war ended, Lloyd continued to work for CBS News and later for 60 Minutes. In 1976 Lloyd moved to the U.S. and today is a proud and patriotic citizen of the United States.
In 2004, Lloyd packed up his camera gear and retired from television news, ending a 40 year career marked by numerous awards and accolades, including 10 Emmy Awards. It was at this time that he began working on his first documentary feature, Commitment & Sacrifice, about the battalion of men he was first embedded with only weeks after arriving in Cambodia in 1970. Lloyd’s next film, Shakey’s Hill screened in 5 film festivals and received awards at the GI Film Festival and the Redemptive Film Festival. Lloyd has completed 3 documentary films, including a commissioned documentary, Cover Me. Cover Me (commissioned by the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund) follows the paradigm shift occurring within the Marine Corps regarding combat operational stress. Recognizing the success and effectiveness of documentary film as a means to share information among the military community, Lloyd founded the Commitment & Sacrifice Foundation. Through the foundation, Lloyd hopes to provide support to military personnel, veterans and their families by producing and distributing educational films that accurately portray the unique military experience and the courageous individuals who offer their lives to preserve the freedom of the United States and its citizens.