James Edward Burton, JrWarrant Officer
B CO, 158TH AHB, 101ST AVN GROUP, 101 ABN DIV
Army of the United States
21 August 1948 - 03 March 1970
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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The database page for James Edward Burton, Jr
James Edward Burton Jr. was a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He enlisted in the Army to fly helicopters and completed basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana and primary helicopter training at Fort Wolters, Texas and advanced training at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Commissioned as a Warrant Officer One, he married Brenda Pritchard of Midland, Texas in Midland on March 3, 1969 prior to departing for Vietnam. He began his tour June 1, 1969 and was assigned as a pilot in the 158th Assault Helicopter Battalion.
He experienced a single gunshot wound which had penetrated the "chicken plate" armor of his helicopter and struck him in the chest. He was able to maintain flight despite his wounds and returned the helicopter to his base camp. He died from his wounds. He was awarded a posthumous Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions.
He is remembered on the Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Midland, Texas.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 24 Dec 2006
Last updated 12/26/2006