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Conflict Period:
Korean War 1
Birth:
26 Oct 1921 1
Death:
07 Feb 1999 1
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Person:
Burton Bridgewater 1
Social Security Number: ***-**-7306 1
Birth:
26 Oct 1921 1
Death:
07 Feb 1999 1
Cause: Natural 1
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Korean War 1

Enlistment Date:
14 Mar 1953 1
Release Date:
31 Mar 1970 1

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USAF LTC Burton Bridgewater (Ret) WWII, Korea, Vietnam

Utah

321stBG, 448thBS, Lt. Burton "RED" Bridgewater graduated from Flight School (Class 43-H) with 321stBG, 448thBS, Lt Erle G "Swanny" Swanson and 321stBG, 446thBS, Lt John "Jack" Fitzgerald.  The tree of them flew over the Atlantic, the Southern Route, in a B-26 Replacement Group with the (to-be) C. O. Maj. Paul Cooper.  Once there, Cooper and Fitzgerald were assigned to the 446th BS, Barbour and Swanson to the 448th BS of the 321st Bomb Group, B-25 Combat Medium Bombers over Italy, etc.

Both "Red" Barbour and "Swanny" Swanson were witness to the wedding of Lt John "Jack" Fitzgerald.  Jack and Yvette (Allie) Fitzgerald remained married, lived to near 90 years each and raised 9 children!  Jack and Yvette's 1st born/son John T Fitzgerald is one of the 321st BG Historical Research Team (with Patti Johnson and Barbi Ennis Connolly) in the 57th Bomb Wing and is doing AMAZING work in assembling the complete History of the 321st BG and now, the 310th BG!

 

Burt - Obituary: Burton Jerome Bridgewater Lt. Col. (Ret.): Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
Deseret News, The (Salt Lake City, UT) - Wednesday, February 10, 1999
Deceased Name: Obituary: Burton Jerome Bridgewater Lt. Col. (Ret.)
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Burton Jerome Bridgewater, 77, of Britewater Court, died Sunday, February 7, 1999 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

He was born October 26, 1921 in Kewanee, IL to Claude M. and Rachel M. DeWolf. Burt married Lucille A. Buchinger, who later died. They had a daughter, Corinne. On November 8, 1947, he married Mary A. Nadeau and they had three daughters. He was an Air Force Pilot, who served his country during World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Mary A. Bridgewater of Myrtle Beach, SC; four daughters, Corinne B. Forgason and husband, Butch and Deborah B. Prevatte, and husband, Barry, all of Myrtle Beach, SC; Priscilla B. Leo and husband, Robert, of Murrells Inlet, SC; Melissa B. Allred and husband, Douglas, of Kaysville, UT; a brother, Claude Albert Bridgewater of Camby, CA; 13 grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, February 11, 1999 at St. Andrews Catholic Church. Burial will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Florence National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at McMillan-Small Funeral Home, with a Rosary at 7 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Americana Heart Association, 1927 Candy Lane, Surfside Beach, SC 29575; or the charity of ones choice.  
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Burton J. Bridgewater: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
Sun News, The (Myrtle Beach, SC) - Monday, February 8, 1999
Deceased Name: Burton J. Bridgewater
Lt. Col. Burton J. Bridgewater, 77, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 1999, at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

He was retired from the Air Force and was the husband of Mary Bridgewater.

Arrangements will be announced by McMillan-Small Funeral Home.
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Burton J. Bridgewater: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
Sun News, The (Myrtle Beach, SC) - Wednesday, February 10, 1999
Deceased Name: Burton J. Bridgewater
Retired Lt. Col. Burton Jerome Bridgewater, 77, of Britewater Court in Myrtle Beach, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 1999, at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

He was born Oct. 26, 1921, in Kewanee, Ill., a son of Claude M. and Rachel M. DeWolf.

Mr. Bridgewater married Lucille A. Buchinger, who later died. They had a daughter, Corinne. On Nov. 8, 1947, he married Mary A. Nadeau and they had three daughters.

He was an Air Force pilot and a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Mary A. Bridgewater of Myrtle Beach; four daughters, Corinne B. Forgason and husband, Butch, and Deborah B. Prevatte and husband, Barry, all of Myrtle Beach, Priscilla B. Leo and husband, Robert, of Murrells Inlet, and Melissa B. Allred and husband, Douglas, of Kaysville, Utah; a brother, Claude Albert Bridgewater of Camby, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with a rosary at 7 tonight at McMillan-Small Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Thursday at St. Andrew Catholic Church. Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Florence National Cemetery.

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