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1st Lt Lewis Dale Barton
Navigator

Mr. Barton was born in Clinton, Mo. He graduated from Southwest Baptist College, Bolivar, Mo. with a degree in agriculture, and received a degree in agriculture economics from the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.

Mr. Barton was a B-29 navigator during World War II. He was training with an Air Forces Reserve Unit in Chicago when he was called back into service when the Korean War started, but went to Scott Field near St. Louis for exams. Mr. Barton recalls “I passed was told to go home and wait orders, they never came and I never asked about them, but you can bet I severed all ties with the reserve for good (This was a non paid reserve unit at training and flying) When there was a plane to fly --- which was not often --- out of O’Hare field, Chicago IL.”

Mr. Baton was discharged from the Army Air Corps at the rank of Captain.

He was district director of the Washington District of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, for 34 years retiring in the early 1970s.

Mr. Barton was a member of Grace Baptist Church. His interests included antique clocks.

Mr. Barton died Jan. 20, 2004 at his home. He was 87.

He was predeceased by his wife, Susan I. Barton who died Oct. 20, 2001, and a son, Phillip D. Barton who died Dec. 28, 1999.

Mr. Barton was buried in Lakemont Cemetery in Davidsonville, MD.

"This baby is important and deserves alot of credit for getting us there and back. As you know we had to rely to a great extent on celestial navigation. This is the A-10 Bausch and Lomb SEXTANT that was issued to me at navigation school at Selma Field, Monroe, LA., which I carried thoughout the war." - Lewis Dale Barton
 

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Source: Lewis D. Barton (2002) and Obituary (2004); data from barton