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Veterans Corner - Jim Burton


April 20, 2023

Carla Burton Keifer | Submitted

Mark Proudhon, Jim Burton and Carla Burton Keifer hold a Quilt of Valor presented by Marilyn Bryant.

PULLMAN - Pullman local Jim Burton enlisted in the Air Force in December 1955.

Talking to the recruiters, he thought he was going in to be a pilot at the time.

"At the time, they didn't need pilots," he said, noting that the military is like any other big business and needed other people.

"I couldn't pass the physical that they wanted me to for a pilot," he said, "so I took other options."

Burton was a medic in the service, and he explained that if anyone were going to shoot at him, he'd give them his AF1915034O.

When he first entered the Air Force, his station was at Parks Air Force Base o...

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