Sunday, November 9, 2008

Donald J Barton

26 Jan 1951

Pfc. Donald Killed In Korea
Another local boy has made the supreme sacrifice for his country and as we look down the long roster of those who have given their lives for the principle of America, the price seems almost too heavy.

Mr. and Mrs. Harwood
Barton who operate the I. J. Mosher Service Service Station in Kalkaska, received word Sunday night from the War Dept. in Washington, D.C., informing them that their only son Pfc. Donald James Barton, age 19, had been killed in action in Korea on December 4, 1950. Young Barton was a member of the 31st Regiment of the 7th Division, and had been in service better than two years. He was sent overseas in March 1949, and stationed at Camp Crawford, Hokkaido, Japan until the Inchon invasion.

Besides the parents he is survived by his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Orpha Barton of Kalkaska.

Military Data:

Name: Donald J Barton
Inducted From: Michigan
Rank: Private First Class
Combat Organization: 31st Infantry 7th Division
Death Date: 4 Dec 1950
Monument: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Last Known Status: Missing
U.S. Awards: Purple Heart Medal

Private First Class Barton was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on December 4, 1950. His remains were not recovered. Private First Class Barton was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean War Service Medal.