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Warren Hurst & Michael Sloan planted 3 trees in memory of James Bartruff
Friday, August 27, 2021
3 trees were planted in memory of
James Kent Bartruff
Sent with love and remembrance of his willingness to share in everything.
Andy Thompson lit a candle
Saturday, September 4, 2021
Mary and I were deeply saddened when we received Gregg's phonecall saying that Kent had died. Jane and the entire Bartruff family have our sincerest sympathies. We fondly remember meeting Kent and Jane in Mayport, FL in 1966 when Kent and Andy were assigned to the staff of COMDESRON 16 onboard USS BIGELOW (DD-942), squadron flagship. Andy remembers vividly LT Kent Bartruff taking charge of emergency medical services for the sailors injured in BIGELOW's gunmount explosion on 20 April 1967 while providing gunfire support off Vietnam's DMZ. Kent efficiently turned the ship's wardroom into an emergency medical facility and provided treatment that may have helped save the lives of several sailors. Andy also remembers helping Kent review his application to the residency program at Baylor University Hospital during their return from Vietnam deployment in 1967. We were fortunate to be able share family visits over the past 50 years. We vividly recall Kent and Jane staying with us in Potomac, MD while they were in Washington for Ronald Reagan's 2nd Inaugural in January 1985. Although the Inaugural Parade was cancelled due to severe cold weather, Kent and Jane were able to attend several Inaugural social events. We treasure many happy memories with Kent and Jane and their family. --CAPT Andy Thompson, USN (Ret) and Mary Thompson
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Thursday, August 26, 2021