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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 12/10/18 - by Dennis Wriston
    Sergeant John Decator Burgess, Served with C Troop, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, United States Army Vietnam.
  • Thank You

    Posted on 8/15/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik
    Dear Sgt John Burgess,
    Thank you for your service as an Armor Reconnaissance Specialist. It is important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 4/18/16 - by A Grateful Vietnam Vet, Quang Tri
    John Burgess
    Date of birth: December 10, 1946
    Date of death: March 18, 1969
    Home of record: Cherokee North Carolina
    Status: KIA


    Silver Star

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant John Burgess, United States Army, for gallantry in action involving close combat with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Sergeant Burgess distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions during the period 28 February 1969 to 1 March 1969 while serving as an Armored Vehicle Commander with Troop C, 3d Squadron, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, on a combat mission in Quang Tri Province. Upon arriving in an area where friendly forces were heavily engaged with a large enemy element, Sergeant Burgess directed his vehicle into the midst of the hostile emplacements and played a vital role in routing the enemy. Later, when the vehicle immediately to his front was hit by a rocket propelled grenade, injuring several of the passengers, he moved his own vehicle into the line of fire and provided cover as the wounded men were evacuated. Sergeant Burgess' extraordinary heroism in close combat with an armed hostile force was in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

    General Orders: Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 4824 (April 22, 1969)

    Action Date: February 28 - March 1, 1969

    Service: Army

    Rank: Sergeant

    Company: Troop C

    Battalion: 3d Squadron

    Regiment: 5th Cavalry Regiment

    Division: 9th Infantry Division
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/12/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SGT John Burgess, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Remembered

    Posted on 8/17/12

    (Photo Credit: Bob Blankenship) Rest in peace with the warriors.

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