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  • Date of Birth:3/26/1950
  • Date of Casualty:4/18/1969
  • Home of Record:OTTUMWA
  • County of Record:WAPELLO COUNTY
  • State:IA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Line:27W, 105
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NGAI


  • Wall Name:JOHN D BURGESS
  • Date of Birth:12/10/1946
  • Date of Casualty:4/18/1969
  • Home of Record:CHEROKEE
  • County of Record:SWAIN COUNTY
  • State:NC
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SGT
  • Panel/Line:27W, 105
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TRI


is honored on Panel 27W, Line 105 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 2/13/06 - by Bill Nelson

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers

  • Thank You

    Posted on 3/17/03
    Your work in the service was greatly appreciated. You served you country with honor by giving the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you for defending what America believed in, you gave everything you had with courage and honor.
    Thank you.
    Adam Nagrocki
  • Fellow Soldier, Fellow Countryman

    Posted on 5/9/01 - by Doug Hallas
    Brother Cav'r,

    This is to let you know that you are remembered and your memory will live on as long as people remember that war sucks and should only be used to control people or countries that infringe on a person's right to exist.

    The 3rd/5th Armored Cavalry remembers you and honors you!

    Take care my fellow soldier, peace!
  • So Long Ago

    Posted on 2/11/01 - by Dann Carroll
    It seems like just yesterday but it's been so long ago. I will never forget you pal. Thanks for being my friend.

The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit