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Genealogy I

1stLt Donald C. and Edward J. Dutton


I feel I must pay respect to all the family who served our country in the military. Uncle Donald C. Dutton paid the highest cost - his life. Uncle Herman Logan "Heinie" Dutton served in the European theater against the Germans. And Uncle Byron Cass "Barney" Dutton, who was honorably discharged as a Master Sergeant, US Army, served in he Burma, Indochina theater, forcing the Japanese out of what was soon to become Vietnam. Camp Knowles, where he was last based, was located just a few miles outside a large city known as Saigon. The jungle had not changed much when I served two tours in Vietnam in 1969 and 1971-1972. A web site devoted to my uncle and the othr men lost when the C47B crashed into the Bay of Bengal can be viewed at the following URL: Stories and links are included in that web site.


Enlisment Private
Donald C. Dutton WWII

1stLt Donald C. Dutton
Graves Registration

Last Visit Home
Rose & Donald C Dutton

Enlistee - Pvt Walter
L. Lund, WW I

Private Walter L. Lund Jr.
Army Medic - WW II

Susie & Byron C. Dutton


Sgt. Walter L. Dutton
USAF, Vietnam

SSgt Walter L Dutton
Radar Unit, Vietnam

Hootch, My Friend
KIA, Vietnam


Huey (UH1) landing
Jungle Clearing Vietnam


Sgt W L Dutton & US Navy
Corpsman Eddie Chapman
Post-flight - Vietnam

C-123 Provider


Hootch was my buddy. I bought him for 400 piasters (25 cents) from some street kids in Dalat, Vietnam. I raised him for a year and was getting him vaccinations for his flight home with me when he was shot during a brief attack on the base.

Vietnam was not a good place. Hot, humid and in "winter," cold and humid. Monsoon season brought torrential downpours that were unbelievable. The mud could pull a laced up combat boot off your foot. A few pictures are always good to get a sense of the aircraft with which I worked:


 Jan 1968 - Keesler AFB
Air Traffic Control (FAA) Cert.

VNAF Canberra

USAF CH46 Chinooks


Rescue Huskie (wooden blades)

CH53 Jolly Greens

USAF Caribou



Sign for our hootch

I painted the sign after the Holiday
Inn company sent us boxes of towels,
wash clothes, pitchers, plastic glasses, and pillow cases. This was the main hootch and the
extra stuff was great.



 Now, as for the fast-movers, here are some of them:



The only times I saw the B-52s were when I had flown to Thailand, Guam, or Okinawa, from where they flew their missions. One did get damaged by a missle and land at Danang Air Base once and the local RVN troops shot mortars and rockets on base the whole time it was there for repairs. They never hit it, though, and after it took off, thundering down the runway with black smoke pouring out of the eight engines, they eased up.