JAMES A BULLINGTON
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HONORED ON PANEL 19E, LINE 48 OF THE WALL

JAMES ALLEN BULLINGTON

WALL NAME

JAMES A BULLINGTON

PANEL / LINE

19E/48

DATE OF BIRTH

11/26/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NGAI

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/06/1967

HOME OF RECORD

SANTA ROSA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Sonoma County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

WO

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES ALLEN BULLINGTON
POSTED ON 11.8.2015
POSTED BY: Gator895

Never Forgotten

As long as there is a Crock or Gator left. He will be in our hearts and minds!!
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POSTED ON 5.6.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear WO James Allen Bullington, 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, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 11.4.2012

Final Mission of U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00596

There are two accounts of the incident: Account #1 - Operation OMEGA. This operation ran concurrently with PRAIRIE FIRE but cost the 119th much more. On 6 May Crocodile 596 was lost with 3 KIA. WO1 James A. Bullington (AC),WO1 Timothy W. Kearney (P), and SP4 Richard C. Gupton (G) were lost supporting other ships of the 119th enroute to pick up a Special Forces team. Mike Ebert was the only survivor of the crash. The crew of the helicopter that pulled Ebert out were WO William Dobbs (AC), James L. Daniels (P, later KIA), Tom Frankenfield (CE), and Jim Bradfield (? spelling) (G). (From Mark S. Herring, 119th AHC 1970) Account #2 - We were a flight of two slicks and two gunships supporting the 5th Special Forces who would be inserted in five man teams looking for Chinese advisors to capture. We were enroute at tree top level at cruise speed to extract a five man Special Forces team when a puff of smoke came out of 596's engine. At the same time, all panel caution lights came on and one of the pilots called a Mayday. Mr. Bullington did a good job crash landing the helicopter into the trees considering the circumstances. The helicopter hit the ground hard with sufficient forward motion to close both doors trapping the gunner and crew chief. Ebert's M-60 machine gun which was on a bungee cord flew up and hit him in the face breaking his nose. There was a large explosion and then rockets began cooking off. The transmission wall was on fire so Ebert used his 'chicken plate' to shield him from the flames while he tried to get out. He called for Gupton but there was no answer. Ebert tried to break out the plexiglass window but was unsuccessful. Finally he noticed a small hole that had been knocked in the bottom of the door and he managed to wiggle out through it. He had no weapon since he was not carrying a side arm. While standing on the ground, Ebert noticed that the greenhouse was at eye level indicating a very hard landing. He ran all around the helicopter and realized none of the others got out of the burning chopper. He then started waving at the other helicopter. Frankenfield dropped a survival pack to Ebert which contained a survival radio. Ebert established radio contact and informed them that he was the only survivor. Since the slicks had Maguire rigs with them, they used one to extract Ebert. The rig got stuck on a tree and Ebert shook the tree to get it free. The rescue helicopter could only get within 75 feet of the ground. Ebert finally grabbed the rig and just as he was climbing on, he was pulled out and hauled to an LZ about a mile away where he then got on board. Injuries were burns on his arms and legs and a broken nose. The gunner Gupton was an armorer and not a regular gunner. He was ordered to go on this mission because of a shortage of gunners. (From Mike Ebert and Tom Frankenfield at the June 1999 VHCMA reunion in Denver, CO) [Taken from vhpa.org]

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POSTED ON 7.26.2004
POSTED BY: Chris Spencer

NATIVE AMERICAN PRAYER

It is said a man hasn't died as long as he is remembered. This prayer is a way for families, friends and fellow veterans to remember our fallen brothers and sisters. Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die
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POSTED ON 7.9.2003
POSTED BY: Bob Kilpatrick

119th Assault Helicopter Co.

Remembered by his friends.
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