Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Colonel Joseph S. Barton
Colonel Joseph S. Barton was stationed at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base from August 1988 until the base closed in March 1992. His first association with the base was as an ROTC cadet from the University of Georgia at Summer Camp in the summer of 1970. During his tour at the base while on active duty, he was the Operations Officer and Squadron Commander of the 355th Tactical Fighter Squadron and held several positions on the wing staff during base closure. Colonel Barton was the last active duty pilot assigned to Myrtle Beach Air Force Base.
As Operations Officer of the 355th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Colonel Barton was involved with the squadron's participation in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990/91. He was involved in the development of night tactics for the A-10 during this time which directly led to the tremendous achievements of the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing/355th Tactical Fighter Squadron and the A-10 during Desert Storm. On their return from Desert Storm, Colonel Barton was named Commander of the 355th Tactical Fighter Squadron. He remained in this position until the squadron was deactivated as part of the
Colonel Barton transferred to Shaw AFB, SC in 1993 where he remained as Commander of the 603rd Combat Operations Squadron until his retirement in March 1996. He accumulated over 2500 flying hours in the A-10 flying in Arizona, the United Kingdom, Louisiana, South Carolina and Saudi Arabia. The A-10 Colonel Barton flew during Operation Desert Storm, The Dawg Hawg, is now on display at Warbird Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, 1st Iraq & Desert Storm.
Location. 33° 39.673′ N, 78° 55.717′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Marker is on Farrow Parkway near South Kings Highway (Business U.S. 17), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 354th Wing Inactivation (here, next to this marker); Grand Strand Chapter and Unit 354 (here, next to this marker); Combat Wounded Veterans (here, next to this marker); Archaeological and Historical Data (a few steps from this marker); Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II (a few steps from this marker); 354th Fighter Group History (a few steps from this marker); Wall of Service (a few steps from this marker); Myrtle Beach Air Force Base (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 24, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 23, 2018, by Charles Keller of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 115 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 23, 2018, by Charles Keller of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.