Lt. Burton McCord Brady’s first casualty in Vietnam

April 19-21, 1966 The war in Vietnam has been brought close to home with the death of one of its fine young men, First Lt. Burton K. McCord, who was killed in action on April 14. A cloud of gloom has continued to hang over Brady since the news was received late last Thursday by his mother, Mrs. Jimma Lou Mask. Brady and McCulloch County residents who knew Lt. McCord knew that he played football for the Brady Bulldogs, was valedictorian of his senior class, and received an appointment to the Military Academy at West Point. The community remains in shock since the announcement of his death. Mrs. Mask was first notified by relatives and then later received a telegram from the U.S. Adjutant General. “The Secretary of the Army has asked me to express his deep regret that your son, 1st Lt. Burton McCord, died April 14, 1966, as a result of gunshot wounds he received while attacking a hostile armor unit while on a combat operation. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Major Gen. J.C. Lambert, Adjutant General, Washington, D.C.” Burton McCord was married to the former Eddie Carol Stone of Alexandria, Va. in November of 1963. They had met while he was at West Point. They have two children, a son Mike, two and a daughter Tracy, four months, whom he had never seen. They are living in Alexandria. Lt. McCord was born in Brady on June 28, 1941, and was 25 years old. He graduated from Brady High School in 1959 as valedictorian. While in high school, he was very active in school functions. He played football for the Brady Bulldogs and was named all-district guard his senior year, he was high point student in his class for four years, chosen Most Representative, a member of the National Honor Society, served as a class officer and was on the Student Council. One teammate recalled that Burton was very studious and many times walked into the field house with an open text book in his hands. He was a member of the special forces and wore a green beret. When he first arrived in Vietnam, he was an advisor and his efforts were directed toward improving the Vietnam fighting ability against the Viet Cong. He was in the Fourth Armored Cavalry. Lt. McCord was awarded the Army Commendation Medal at Da Nang. A friend he had met in Vietnam told the family a few weeks ago McCord had been responsible for the location and destruction of a Viet Cong headquarters ‘a mission which claimed nearly 1,000 Viet Cong, captured or wounded, or killed. Lt. McCord had engaged in over 60 major battles and a telegram received Friday by his mother said “additional information received indicates that 1st Lt. Burton K. McCord was promoted to the grade of Captain on April 18, 1966, effective Jan. 24, 1966. Lt. McCord will be buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. on Friday at 3 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the First Baptist Church in Brady. *** Burglars hit Townsend’s, loss estimated at $857 Daring burglars hit the Townsend Ben Franklin store sometime after 11 p.m. on Sunday night and stole the safe almost out of the front window. The safe, in the check stand in front of the middle window, was rolled down the right aisle and out the back door where it was loaded into a vehicle and hauled away. The burglars gained entrance through the back door which they tried to jimmy and then broke the glass, reached through and flipped the bolt. Contents of the safe were estimated at $536 in checks and cash. Total value of contents and safe were placed at $857 by Aubrey L. Townsend. The burglary was discovered by H. R. Kyzar about 6 a.m. Monday morning when he opened his cafe next door. Sheriff Luke Vogel and Police Chief Dorman Gibbs investigated the burglary and the only clue left behind by the culprits was a tire tool which was found on a desk in the back of the store. Deputy Sheriff Golden Jones said the robbery must have taken place after 11 p.m. because he had driven down the alley about that time in search of a car he had been pursuing and that the door had not been broken into then. It is assumed that there were several men involved due to the weight of the safe, however their time and effort was wasted because the safe was unlocked. *** New regulations outlined for school age golfers New regulations concerning school age golfers at the Municipal course have been set by the Brady city council. The regulations point out that no green fees are to be charged to the high school golf team on weekdays or week-ends during school months or while the team is in contention. Players’ names must be on a list furnished by Paul Huntington, Brady golf coach. During weekdays only, school age golfers may play free when under the supervision of their coach, golf playing parent or golf playing adult. A charge of $5 per month or $1 per day green fees will be charged when the school year is over or when the team in not in contention.

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