Name: WO1 James Edward Burton, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/03/1970 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 21.5
Date of Birth: 08/21/1948
Home City: Colorado Springs, CO
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: B/158 AHB 101 ABN
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Flight class: 69-13/69-11
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 13W-077
Short Summary: Hit by a single AK-47 round while serving as an aircraft commander.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 68-15663
Call sign: Lancer
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: AK-47
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 06/01/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Location: Quang Tri Province I Corps.

Additional information about this casualty:
The record for James has an error. His aircraft did not crash. The co-pilot took the controls at James' request. The co-pilot was led to Quang Tri to the hospital by Chalk 2, piloted by Filisberto (if I spelled it correctly). I talked to the surgeon at the hospital later. He said James was dead in 40 seconds. He said the pain had to be treamendous. He was amazed that James took the hit, the hovering helicopter did not bobble. He held on till peter pilot got it. James was my very first co-pilot and started with me in July 1969. We were hooch mates when he was killed. On March 2, 1970 he and I played mumbly peg on our hooch floor, I won of course! Then I hit the bunk, while Twiggy (James) played his guitar, I never saw him again! We were to both be off the next day and planned to share breakfast. I overslept and woke at 9 am to the heat of hooch. James was gone and the mess hall was closed. I went to ops to see what was going on, then the Ops Lt told me Twiggy was dead. I cried, he was a nice kid. I still cry. He was a brave man. From: Jimmy L. Ratcliff

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 04/13/2007

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