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Bill and Barbara Sutton

239 East Main Street
Port Jervis, N.Y. 12771
Ph. (845) 856-1228

Bill was born November 24, 1927, Port Jervis, N.Y. He attended the Port Jervis Schools and graduated from high school in 1946. Worked in a local silk mill at night throughout high school years. Attempted to enlist in U.S.M.C. in 1947 but could not make the weight requirement. Enlisted in the U.S.A.F. October 1948. Married Barbara J. Cooper of Port Jervis, N.Y., December 29, 1951.
Children: Daughter, Dawn Rene’ Sutton, born January 16, 1953; daughter, Lori Jean Sutton, born September 24, 1959; son, William A. Sutton, Jr., born August 10, 1961.

Bill and Barbara, vacationing in Stuart, FL, at Barbara’s sisters home.

Military History

Basic Training, Lackland AFB, Texas, Tech. School - Aircraft Sheet Metal Repair, Chanute AFB, Rantoul, Illinois, graduated June 14, 1949; assigned 9th Maintenance Squadron, Fairfield-Suisun AFB, CA; transferred to Hamilton AFB, CA then to Camp Stoneman prior to assignment to the 31st Strat. Recon. Sqdn., Kadena AFB, Okinawa; 31st SRS reassigned to Japan and designated as the 91st SRS at Johnson AFB, then reassigned to Yokota AFB While at Yokota, I worked at the 6161st Maint. Sqdn. Base shop. December 1951 re: orders to rotate to the Z.1. by way of Tachikawa AFB Rep. Depot. Remained at Tachikawa additional week for air transport to U.S. rather then enduring another cruise on a troop ship. While waiting for flight at Haneda Airport I met the Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles and his entourage. Mr. Dulles invited me to join his party if my flight was delayed. Before leaving Yokota AFB I requested permission from Lt. Col. Frederic McCoy to get married as per A.F. regulations in order to receive the family allowance. Assigned to the 93rd Bomb Wing, Castle AFB CA for remainder of enlistment. Discharged August 1952 and returned to Port Jervis, N.Y.

Wolfington, Boucher and Sutton

Enroute to Okinawa on the
General D. E. Aaltman

Civilian Life

Employed by the Erie Railroad Company as a Locomotive Fireman and in 1959 was promoted to Locomotive Engineer. Railroading paid very well, but required long periods away from home and the majority of work was at night. Little time was left for a family life so after 12 years on the road, I decided a career change was necessary.

Accepted a position with the Orange County Health Department and embarked on a long arduous re-education program most of which was provided by the county and state.

The list of schools and courses are for the most part accelerated college level courses which fortunately were satisfactorily completed. Attended Environmental Health School at New York State Campus, Albany, N.Y. Graduated 1965.

Completed two courses in natural sciences in biology, attended a course in Radiological monitoring and handling radioactive material; completed several courses at the Center for Communicable Diseases, Atlanta, GA Training Institute for Environmental Administration - courses; Urban Rodent Control, Math for Public Health Sanitarians, Community Hygiene and Waterborne Disease Control. Appointed Director of Rodent Control Program for Orange County Health Department.

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