James E Burton

 

WO - W1 - Army - Reserve

101st Airborne Division

21 year old Married, Caucasian, Male

Born on Aug 21, 1948

From COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO

His tour of duty began on Jun 01, 1969

Casualty was on Mar 03, 1970

in QUANG TRI, SOUTH VIETNAM

HOSTILE, HELICOPTER - CREW

AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND

Body was recovered

Religion

PROTESTANT

Panel 13W - - Line 77

This submitted by Douglas Dangerfield:

On a more somber note, there's a small error on the note attached to the
"In Memory" page concerning James Burton.  He was killed on March 3rd,
1970, but the aircraft wasn't shot down.  He was flying as AC with a
brand new WO-1, whose name escapes me, and took fire going into a LZ.
One round entered the cockpit area and hit him behind the chicken plate,
entering his chest.  He managed to get the aircraft airborne and then
the "peter pilot"  took the controls and flew the aircraft to the 18th
Evac, I believe, where Mr. Burton was pronounced dead on arrival.   I'm
sure the information provided is part of some Army classification, but
the truth is even more powerful, how a mortally wounded pilot mustered
the strength and skill to get his aircraft and crew out of harm's way
before succumbing to his wounds.

Webmaster's note: I'm sure any classification of this incident has long been revoked.