LTC James Burton was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 11/20/2013 at the age of 81.9 from Lung cancer
Snellville, GA
Date of Birth 01/14/1932
Served in the U.S. Army
This information was provided by Sammie Williams

More detail on this person: BURTON, James (LTC, USA Ret.) James Burton, 81, died on November 20, 2013. Born in Wichita, KS, he grew up in Tulsa, OK. As a Boy Scout, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Jim graduated from Will Rogers High School and Oklahoma State University. He accepted a regular Army commission and entered the service in July 1954. He proudly served his country for 22 years, first as a paratrooper, aviator, and finally an intelligence officer. He flew fixed wing reconnaissance aircraft in Korea in 1956-57 and served two tours in Vietnam in 1965-66 and 1968-69 where he flew multi-purpose light and the CH-54 "Flying Crane" helicopters. He became a Master Army Aviator while stationed at Ft. Monroe, VA from 1970-73. While there, he also earned an MBA

from the College of William and Mary before being re-assigned to Ft. McPherson and then Ft. Gillem, GA where he retired in 1976. He was pre-deceased by his parents, his son Michael and his granddaughter Mary. His memory will be treasured forever by Pat, his wife of 59 years; his loving children Jim and his wife Betty; Cherie Chepaitis and her husband Jerry; Karen Breon and her husband Stan; grandchildren Chris, Faith, Patrick, Trey, Kristie, Ryan, Stephanie and Jamie; great granddaughter Madeleine. Visitation will be Monday, November 25th from 6:30PM until 8:00PM at Eternal Hills Funeral Home, Snellville. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 26th in St Oliver Catholic Church with the Reverends John Welsh and Juan de la Cruz as concelebrates. Inurnment will be at Eternal Hills Memory Gardens, Snellville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association , 2452 Spring Rd, Smyrna, GA, or to your favorite charity .

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 24, 2013

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