Barton, Jere Alan, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1970-1970, 131X, VAL-4 Black Ponies
Service Years
1961 - 1970
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Graniteville, CA
Last Address
San Diego, CA

Casualty Date
Jun 07, 1970
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Kien Tuong (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
09W 023 / Section: 46 Grave: 494-2

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14)VA-52 KnightridersVAL-4 Black Ponies
  1963-1963, 131X, USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14)
  1963-1965, 131X, VA-52 Knightriders
  1970-1970, 131X, VAL-4 Black Ponies
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
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CitadelNaval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  1957-1961, Citadel
  1966-1968, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Per opertational diary of US Navy Unit VAL-4: "Information concerning the loss of OV-10A BuNo 155495 was received from VAL-4 commanding officer at Binh Thuy. The Navy aircraft was shot down somewhere in the Mekong Delta on 7 June 1970, resulting in fatal injuries to LT James Barton. The second pilot, LTJG Hanks, survived with minor injuries. 

The aircraft was attacking a target defended by .30 and .51 caliber machine guns when it was hit in the left wing/nacelle area. The pilot in the front cockpit was apparently struck by the ground fire and the aircraft was on fire. The pilot in the rear cockpit repeatedly urged the other pilot to initiate ejection but received only a few unrelated words over the ICS. As the rear seat pilot prepared to eject himself, both ejection seats were fired, evidently initiated by the wounded pilot in the front cockpit. The ejections occurred at about 400 feet MSL.

The two escape systems functioned normally with both parachutes fully inflated prior to ground contact. However the wounded pilot was apparently unconscious since he remained prone and made no effort to release his parachute after landing. It is understood that this pilot sustained further injuries during subsequent helo rescue operations that may have precluded any chance for survival." 

As note above, Lt Cdr Jere Alan Barton, wounded, but command ejected both crew at low level. (he later died of injuries sustained). Lt Cdr James D Hanks ejected at low level and survived, and was later rescued by an Army helicopter. 

The remains of Lt. Alan Barton are buried in Site 494-2 in Section 46 of Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C

Barton, a graduate of Leavelle MeCampbell High School in Graniteville, attended the Citadel and joined the Navy on March 18, 1959. He received the American Spirit of Honor award, the highest award made to a graduating recruit, and was then appointed a Naval Cadet. He received his wings and commission April 17, 1961, and in December 1968, a Bachelor of Science degree in science engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif. He was a recipient of the Air Medal for outstanding bravery in Vietnam in 1964 while serving with an attack squadron aboard the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Ticonderoga. In May of 1965 he was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of a second Air Medal. He returned for a third tour of duty in South Vietnam on March 4, 1970. Barton, 30, left a wife and children. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. J. Meade Barton of Graniteville. He's buried in Arlington National Cemetery
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