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is honored on Panel 31W, Line 76 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Thanks

    Posted on 8/25/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik
    Dear EN1 Bert Burton,
    Thank you for your service as a Engineman 1st Class. It is important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
  • Ground Casualty

    Posted on 12/3/16 - by
    On February 27, 1969, enemy rockets were lobbed at the Da Nang bridge loading ramp, destroying Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1500 and YFU-78, a harbor utility craft. LCU-1500 received a direct hit by a rocket of unknown size. Ammunition on the LCU was detonated and an explosion occurred with fire spreading to the nearby YFU. The attack probably would have caused few casualties except for the lucky hit on LCU-1500, which was fully laden with munitions for transport to Dong Ha in Quang Tri Province. It was mostly the secondary explosions and fires which killed the 22 sailors aboard LCU-1500, YFU-78 and NSA Da Nang. Another craft, LCU-1614, sustained minor damage by shrapnel. With the exception of one man from the LCU-1500, all aboard both boats were killed. Total U.S. Navy personnel casualties were reported at 22 Navy men killed and 38 wounded. The 22 men killed during the attack were: LCU-1500, Assault Craft Unit 1, NAVSUPACT Danang - BMC Donald J. Fisher, EN1 Bert E. Burton, EM1 Cecil F. Bush, CS2 Marvin D. Avery, RM2 David W. Hawryshko, GMG3 Ronald J. Gebbie, BM3 Donald M. Horton, BM3 Ronald P. Yuhas, FN Joseph F. Burinda, SN Bruno W. Demata, FN Charles A. Tavares, and SA Craig E. Swagler; YFU-78, Assault Craft Unit 1, NAVSUPACT Danang - EN1 Earl T. Moore, QM1 Milton Shapiro, CS2 Charlie M. Ellison, EM2 Lyle D. Zacher, QM3 Earnest J. Buckelew, BM3 Daniel L. Overright, and SN Melvin L. Sellers; Supply Operations, NAVSUPACT Danang - BM1 Manuel Martinez, SN Thomas E. Adams, and SN Theodore S. Hamner. [Taken from]
  • 5 Brothers Remembered this day

    Posted on 11/11/16 - by Daniel M Burton
    You chose the Navy as your way of life knowing someday you may make the ultimate sacrifice. I am so proud to have been your baby Brother. There is a Building at the Great Lakes Navel Training Center Named The Bert E Burton Diesel Training Facility in your Honor.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 2/28/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear EN1 Bert Ellis Burton, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Rememberance

    Posted on 2/28/12 - by Barbie Burton
    Yesterday was the anniversary of your untimely death and I thought of you and ironically was informed of your award of the Bronze Star. I am so proud of you Uncle Bert and I hope you and Uncle Ottie will be reunited. peace and love to you. Thank you for your service. Love, your niece, Barbie Burton
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The Wall of Faces

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