James Burns

Profile Updated: December 30, 2017
Residing In: Navarre, FL USA
Spouse/Partner: E. Ann Burns (Bowser)
Occupation: VP, Junior Food Stores of West Florida, Retired
Children: Daughter, Joell, born 1964 - Son, Jeff, born 1966
Military Service: U.S.A.F.  
What is it you hope to accomplish in the next five years?

Keep everything working.....

What is your first instantaneous memory of Parkview?

The fresh new look of the building and all the windows.

What was your most embarrassing moment at Parkview?

It must not have been very embarrassing as I don't remember any.

Describe your car and favorite destination:

1953 Mercury two door hardtop, lowered and custmized and named "Golden Rod". Buzzing the drive-in's (Taylors and others that I can no longer remember the names of), but I had to do it slowly as I had to go in the driveways sideways to keep from getting the bottom of the car hung up.

How have you changed since Parkview?

Hair is turning gray and I have a case of “Furniture Disease” which has caused my ‘chest’ to drop into my ‘drawers’….. Also, I no longer drive a car that set so low it scraped the road everywhere I went….

What careers have you pursued?

Retired from the U.S.A.F in June 1979, after 20 years, as a helicopter Flight Engineer, with 2 combat tours in Vietnam. On July 28th, 2011, I retired after over 31 years with a convenience store division of Kroger, as Vice President responsible for Real-Estate and Petroleum Marketing.

What has been your most exciting or interesting experience?

Two years flying combat missions as a helicopter flight engineer/door gunner in Vietnam and almost every one of them was exciting. We flew special operations missions inserting and extracting MACV SOG teams along the Ho Chi Mien trail in Vietnam, North Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia.

What do you do these days to have fun?

Maintain a website for U.S.A.F. helicopter personnel at www.rotorheadsrus.us and riding my Harley. Also enjoy the beautiful sugar white sand beaches of the Florida panhandle.


Had a 20 year U.S. Air Force career followed by a 31+ year in the retail grocery business. I retired in 2011 and my wife, Ann, and I enjoy our home and nearby family.

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May she rest in peace. May God comfort and protect her family.

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Christmas time 2007
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