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is honored on Panel 18W, Line 78 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Thanks

    Posted on 8/23/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik
    Dear Lt James Burns,
    Thank you for your service as an Infantry Officer. Frankie was a Marine who was also killed in Quang Tri. Say hi to him in heaven. 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.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 9/13/15 - by Curt Carter
    Dear 1LT James Arthur Burns, 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, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • A Formidable Competitor!

    Posted on 6/7/15 - by Suzanne Van Ness
    I remember Jim from The Basic School, when I was dating his classmate, Lt Sam Van Ness, who would ultimately become my husband. Sam passed away in 2000, otherwise he would be writing this post himself. Sam was working hard and striving to be the honor graduate of that class - I can remember this, but Jim was always out there in front of him. I remember Sam talking about Jim with great admiration. Sam felt when Jim Burns, Jim Witt and others from that class were so tragically killed in Vietnam, the world had lost some of it's best and brightest. May Jim and each of these proud Marines be remembered always.
  • You Were and Still Are the Greatest

    Posted on 3/14/15 - by Norma Bell
    You were the coolest guy in our class of '63! Great leader, quick mind, fantastic humor. We miss you and are indebted to you ... From one of your many admiring classmates.
  • First Lieutenant James Arthur Burns

    Posted on 4/23/12 - by Judith Burns Enstone
    James Arthur Burns was born June 10, 1945 in Norwood, Rhode Island. He was one of five children born to Francis and Harriette Burns. His father retired from the Navy and settled in Granby, Connecticut where Jim graduated from Granby Memorial High School. He was an outstanding student, stellar athlete and Senior class President. He was awarded an NROTC regular scholarship to UT in 1963.
    At UT, Jim lived at the Crow’s Nest at 1010 West 24th and was active in the unit for four and a half years. He participated in virtually every intramural sport, playing on the Navy championship water basketball team for four years. He was a member and Commander of the Buccaneer drill team for two seasons. UT Chancellor Harry Ransom recognized Jim for his exceptional leadership of the Buccaneers in May of 1966. He was a member and President of the Semper Fidelis Society, selected for Scabbard and Blade and was a member of the Texas Cowboys. At OCS in the summer of 1967, he was Honor man for all OCS companies. He graduated from UT in February 1968 with a BBA from the College of Business Administration where he was on the Dean’s List.
    After graduation from UT, Jim was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and attended The Basic School where he was honor graduate of Basic Class 9-68. He then proceeded to Vietnamese language training. He arrived in the Republic of Vietnam November 5, 1968 and served with Co. L, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. He was killed September 13, 1969 in Quang Tri Province. He had completed a tour as a platoon commander and was serving as Executive Officer of his company. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, the National Order of Viet Nam and the Viet Nam Cross of Gallantry with palm. Jim is buried in Granby Cemetery, Granby, Connecticut.
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