DONALD R BURTON
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HONORED ON PANEL 6E, LINE 74 OF THE WALL

DONALD RUSSELL BURTON

WALL NAME

DONALD R BURTON

PANEL / LINE

6E/74

DATE OF BIRTH

07/17/1939

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/02/1966

HOME OF RECORD

COATESVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Chester County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

SGT

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DONALD RUSSELL BURTON
POSTED ON 4.17.2007
POSTED BY: Jim McIlhenney

The Coatesville Record - April 6, 1966

DONALD R. BURTON
SLAIN IN VIET NAM

A third area man, Sgt. Donald Russell Burton, has lost his life fighting the war in Viet Nam.
Burton, 26, a Coatesville native, was engaged in combat in the Saigon area when he was killed. The family received notification from the Department of Defense on Monday.
A 1959 graduate of Scott High School, he was the nephew of South Coatesville Police Chief Beverly Burton. His parents were Lionel Pennington, of Merchant St. and the late Sibyl Burton.
Burton joined the Marines in August, 1961, served four years and chose to reenlist. "I tried to talk him out of it, but he was set on making a career out of the service." Beverly Burton said. "We were very close," we raised him as an infant."
Married to the former Ruby Koon, of Coatesville, he was the father of a son, Donald Russell Jr., who was born Sept. 5, 1965, two days after his father had shipped to Viet Nam.
Phillip Burton, 1520 E. Lincoln Hwy., a half-brother, said, "It's a real shame. Donald didn't even get to see his baby."
Mrs. Burton and the baby had followed Burton to California and are now flying from their Oceanside, Calif. home to return to Coatesville.
They had been married in October of 1963.
Before being sent to Viet Nam, Burton had been stationed at the Naval base at Anapolis, Md.
While at Scott High School he was a member of the track team as a pole vaulter. Prior to joining the Marines, Burton was employed at the Embreeville State Hospital.
The family expects that his body will be returned to Coatesville Monday for burial next week.

Semper Fidelis, Marine!
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POSTED ON 1.27.2006
POSTED BY: Bill Nelson

Never Forgotten

FOREVER REMEMBERED

"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers

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POSTED ON 3.30.2003
POSTED BY: Luke Barnhart

Thank You

For a history assignment our class goal is to post remembrances for the many people who fought and died in Vietnam but do not have a remembrance posted yet. We would like to recognize them for their sacrifice and their loyalty to America even in controversial times. It is people with that devotion who have made this nation great, and we thank them for their honor and loyalty.

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