GARY W BITTON
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HONORED ON PANEL 1E, LINE 35 OF THE WALL

GARY W BITTON

WALL NAME

GARY W BITTON

PANEL / LINE

1E/35

DATE OF BIRTH

07/28/1936

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PROV UNKNOWN, MR IV

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/06/1963

HOME OF RECORD

BLACKFOOT

COUNTY OF RECORD

Bingham County

STATE

ID

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

CAPT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR GARY W BITTON
POSTED ON 12.1.2019
POSTED BY: John Paul Greenwalt

In Remembrance

I was an original pilot training classmate (60-C) of Gary. I have thought of him more often than you could imagine! Gary, thank you for your sacrifice!
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POSTED ON 5.31.2019
POSTED BY: Benjamin Sutherland

The Grandpa I Never Met

To the Grandpa that I never met, at times I've felt alone in this world, I think about your legacy and I decide to push on. Even through heartache, confusion, and limited knowledge of you, if you see this in heaven, know, that I, will make you proud.

I will never give up. You have 4 great grandchildren right now and they will all know you and what you gave. If you can see us, stay with us. If you can hear us, come with us. If you can feel us, rest beside us. I never met you, but I will never forget you.

Benjamin Sutherland
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POSTED ON 3.24.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR CAPTAIN BITTON,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A TACTICAL AIRCRAFT PILOT (VARIOUS).
IT HAS BEEN FAR TOO LONG FOR ALL OF YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE.. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE. MANY OF US HAVE BEGUN OUR JOURNEY TO EASTER. AND YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS.
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POSTED ON 8.8.2016
POSTED BY: Lisa Novak, daughter of Shirley

Seeking memorials or family members of Captain Gary Bitton

My mother worked with Captain Bitton at Mather AFB in San Francisco until his final mission in Vietnam. She spoke highly of Capt Bitton, his leadership style, his intellect, and mostly his humor. My mother passed away last summer, and in her treasured memories were articles about his MIA and death, a flight record card, and a few letters in his pen, including a poem to the ladies (the 5 forms of form 5, as they were known) with whom he worked...

"I certify this is a true extract for the 5 forms of Lt Bitton's last flight at Mather AFB, California. Gary W Bitton 1/LT USAF
This is my fond farewell,
To the gals who gave me hell!
When you grow old and feeble,
May you all still be able
To smile and grant your bits of cheer
To all those who pass so near.
Take a tip from Gary,
And always remain as merry
As the girls I've known so well
To never give anyone hell!"
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POSTED ON 5.29.2016

Final Mission of CAPT Gary W. Bitton

On December 6, 1963, a Douglas RB-26L Invader (# 44-35782) from 1st Air Commando Squadron crashed about 40 miles south-southeast of Saigon near the mouth of the Mekong River in about five feet of water. The plane was equipped with state of the art reconnaissance systems such as cameras and associated equipment for night reconnaissance missions. The aircraft had been on a photo reconnaissance mission near the coast of Kien Hoa Province when it went down. All five crewmen aboard perished in the crash. They included pilot CAPT Gary W. Bitton, instructor navigator CAPT Thomas F. Gorton, navigator CAPT Norman R. Davison, aerial photographer A2C Richard D. Hill, and an unidentified South Vietnam Air Force crewman. The remains of the pilot and navigator were subsequently located which indicated that these men had tried to swim away after the crash. Hill and Gorton could not be found. The two were first classified Missing in Action but their status was later changed to Killed in Action/Body Not recovered. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and various web sources]
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