James Edward Burton, Jr
Warrant Officer
B CO, 158TH ASLT HELO BN, 101ST AVN GROUP, 101ST ABN DIV, USARV
Army of the United States
Colorado Springs, Colorado
August 21, 1948 to March 03, 1970
JAMES E BURTON Jr is on the Wall at Panel W13, Line 77

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24 Dec 2006

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.

From a PBVVM representative,
Billy M. Brown
4015 Melody Lane, Odessa, Texas 79762
bmbrown@grandecom.net


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