Barton, James Eugene, SP 5

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Last Rank
Specialist 5
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
67I-Aircraft Repair Technician
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1971, 67I, 173rd Aviation Company (AHC)
Service Years
1969 - 1971

Specialist 5

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Flagstaff, AZ
Last Address
Flagstaff, AZ

Casualty Date
Feb 23, 1971
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Citizen's Cemetery - Flagstaff, Arizona
Wall/Plot Coordinates
05W 132

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Aviation Badge (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
17th Aviation Group173rd Aviation Company (AHC)223rd Aviation Battalion
  1969-1971, 67I, 17th Aviation Group
  1969-1971, 67I, 1st Aviation Brigade
  1969-1971, 67I, 173rd Aviation Company (AHC)
  1969-1971, 67I, 223rd Aviation Battalion
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On February 23, 1971, the 223rd Combat Aviation Battalion was engaged in a combat operation in the Kingdom of Laos, approximately 20 miles west of Khe Sanh Airfield, RVN. The operation began at approximately 1100 hours and UH-1H troop carrying helicopters made 2 sorties each into the landing zone while being under continual cover of UH-1C helicopter gunships. The UH-1H helicopters had each made a long lift downwind, with a final approach along the long axis of a ridgeline, landing toward the east. The UH-1C gunships were in a covering orbit inside the traffic pattern of the UH-1H helicopters. A total of 38 sorties had been flown into the landing zone, with the UH-1H helicopters landing a single ship each time. The last UH-1H (tail number 67-19516) in the flight began his turn to base leg and on to final approach at a position approximately the center of the ridgeline.

At the same time, a UH-1C gunship (tail number 65-09503) was beginning its turn to break away from its pass toward the landing zone. As the UH-1C was in its turn at approximately 40 to 50 degrees angle of bank, the UH-1H helicopter flew into the rotor system of the UH-1C from the left side. The UH-1C lost its rotor system, continued in a left turn, went inverted, and crashed nose low, exploding on impact. The UH-1H continued straight ahead, also losing its rotor system, and crashed in a nose low altitude, exploding on impact. The crew members and passengers (on the UH-1H) of both aircraft were killed on impact. The lost crew of the UH-1C included pilots CW2 James A. Miner and WO1 Roy Y. Shinkawa, crew chief SP4 Charles R. Hausherr, and gunner SP5 James E. Barton. The lost UH-1H crew was comprised of pilots 1LT Dennis C. Farris and 1LT Terry M. Usher, crew chief SP4 Terrence A. Ogata, and gunner SP4 John W. Bruin. The UH-1H additionally carried six ARVN passengers, names unknown, who also perished in the crash. [Taken from]
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