Bernie Bell Britton was born on 18 August 1909 at Shell Creek, Carter County, TN. He was the son of Bernie Britton and Jane Erwin. Husband of Wilmetta Patton and father of Thomas E. Britton and daughters, Jane Britton Rockel and Jo Maria Britton Gadra.
Sergeant First Class Britton was a member of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was taken Prisoner of War while fighting the enemy in South Korea on February 13, 1951 and died while a prisoner on April 8, 1951. His remains were not recovered. Sergeant First Class Britton was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Prisoner of War Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.