VICTOR BLAKE SUTTON
Staff Sergeant, Second Platoon Sergeant (Bandits)
281st Assault Helicopter Company
From: Hartford, North Carolina
Born: September 26, 1941
Tour of duty began on January 2, 1969
Death occurred on June 6, 1969 at
Nha Trang, South Vietnam.
Blake Sutton was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 26th, 1941. His
parents were Mrs. Hattie Rez of Elizabeth City, North Carolina and Virgil B.
Sutton of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. Victor was raised in Hartford, North Carolina and graduated from Perquimons County High School in 1959. Following high
school, Victor enlisted in the USAF and was trained as a jet aircraft
mechanic at Chanute AFB graduating in 1960. Victor remained
in the USAF for three years and following his separation in 1963 he
enlisted in the US Army. Following army basic training he was assigned to
Fort Irwin, CA and on to Fort Rucker for multi-engine aircraft maintenance
training. In September, 1964 Victor was assigned to the 61st Aviation
Company (Caribou) and traveled to Vietnam with the company as a flight
engineer. On November 20, 1966 Victor married Kay White of Merry Hill, North Carolina.
He returned from Vietnam for reassignment to Fort Rucker as an instructor in 1966.
In 1968, Victor was assigned to Fort Eustis, Virginia for advance training and following completion of his training, he was assigned to the 281st AHC as a platoon sergeant. On June 6, 1969, SSG Victor Sutton lost his life at Nha Trang, South Vietnam. At the time of his death he had served the US Army with distinction for six years and the USAF for three years. The cause of death continues to be controversial. However, SSG Victor Sutton continues to be held in high esteem by the members of the 281st AHC. His name is inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall at Panel 23W-Line 9. He was buried in the Bera Church of Christ Cemetery in Hartford, North Carolina on June 17, 1969. Victor shall not be forgotten.
SSG Victor Sutton was adopted by David Sherrill who obtained the materials shown here and is responsible for developing this "Book Of Remembrance" for the 281st AHC web site.
David Sherrill email@example.com
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