John Thomas Burton

United States Marine Corps
03 June 1946 - 18 May 1968
Mount Juliet, Tennessee
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Silver Star

Purple Heart, USMC Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
John T Burton

The database page for John Thomas Burton

04 Aug 2001

You have not been forgotten.
We miss you.

Love from
your Mother and Sister

A memorial initiated by his mother,
Bernice Burton
10 Jan 2006

Semper Fi Bro,
I Love You

Steve DeWitt
Lima Company
Third Battalion,
Twenty Seventh Marines

29 Jul 2007

Bernice Burton, mother of John T Burton, has joined him in heaven. He only had her for 21 short years and I had her for 56 years. I am happy for John, his mother, his father, his grandparents and my son because they are enjoying being together. I am sad because I miss them so much.

From his sister,
Donna Burton Alexander

A Note from The Virtual Wall

At the beginning of May 1968, the Marines at Da Nang and the Communist forces in Quang Nam were in the midst of preparations to launch offense operations against one another. Reconnaissance indicated that Communist regulars were re-infiltrating into the Go Noi Island sector, about 25 kilometers south of Da Nang, outlined by the confluence of the Ky Lam, Ba Ren, and Chiem Son Rivers.

On 4 May, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, initiated a "clear and destroy" mission into the Go Noi area. Initial opposition was light, encouraging the Marines to press the issue. On 13 May 1968, elements of the 3rd Bn, 27th Marines, were airlifted into the area. On the night of 15/16 May, the Marines attacked northwards across the Liberty Bridge. By 0900, 16 May, they were engaged with a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force occupying well prepared defensive positions. Over the next several days, 3/27 was in the thick of the fighting and sustained heavy casualties before being withdrawn late on 18 May.

The Marines inflicted a decisive defeat on the NVA force. The men of 3/27th Marines earned one Medal of Honor, two Navy Crosses, a half dozen Silver Stars, and numerous lesser awards during the period 13-26 May, but 71 men of the Battalion had died. Six of them were from Lima 3/27 on 18 May:

  • Sgt John T. Burton, Mount Juliet, TN (Silver Star)
  • LCpl Harold B. Baylor, Columbus, OH
  • LCpl Gilbert H. Muncy, Long Beach, CA
  • Pfc Stephen F. Chute, Carmichael, CA
  • Pfc Thomas E. Sharpe, Emmett, MI (Silver Star)
  • Pvt Raymond V. Nora, Albany, CA

Sergeant John Thomas Burton, USMC,
received a posthumous Silver Star for
heroism in action on Go Noi Island.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his sister,
Donna Burton Alexander

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 4 Aug 2001
Last updated 03/06/2008