CW3 William F. Burton was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 03/18/2014 at the age of 73.9
Enterprise, AL
Flight Class 69-27
Date of Birth 04/25/1940
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 11 GS 1 CAV in 70-71, 2/17 CAV 101 ABN in 72-75
Call sign in Vietnam GREAT WHITE EAGLE
This information was provided by Ralph McClurg

More detail on this person: CW3 Retired William F. Burton, 73, of Enterprise passed away on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Medical Center Enterprise, AL. Funeral services were held March 21, in the Chapel of Sorrells Funeral Home in Enterprise. Burial with full military honors followed in Meadowlawn Cemetery.

CW3 Burton was born April 25, 1940 in Watertown, Tenn. He served his country during the Vietnam War as a maintenance supervisor and test pilot, and retired both from the US Army as a CW3 and from Dyncorp as a test pilot. He was also a 32nd Degree Mason with Carmichael Lodge.

His first wife, Marie Elena Burton; his son, Jeff Rowe; and his parents, Libby and Albert Genette all preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Beba Burton of Enterprise, 5 children, 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, a sister, numerous nieces and nephews; and numerous other relatives and close friends.

Bill was in WORWAC 69-27. He attended AMOC and later became fixed-wing qualified. He was assigned to the 11th GS Co, 1st Cav Div at Phuoc Vinh in 1970. He was an excellent maintenance manager, and he was a great leader. As a maintenance qualified pilot, he could have elected to fly only maintenance flights; however, he often chose to fly tactical missions including the RRU mission and OH-6A missions. He often worked late nights to keep the Generals' aircraft in the air.

Bill hosted pilots from his unit many times at his Enterprise home. Many of those who served with him miss him greatly.

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