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is honored on Panel 9E, Line 105 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Johnny Remains a Family Hero to His Tennessee Kin

    Posted on 11/9/17 - by Randy Hooser (1st Cousin)
    John's family has another memory to share with all of you at this site: It starts on page A08. Help us remember our fallen hero

    Posted on 8/23/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik
    Dear Captain John Burns,
    Thank you for your service as a Pilot. Your 51st anniversary in heaven just passed. sigh. 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.
  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 12/8/16 - by Dennis Wriston
    Captain John Robert Burns, Served with the 602nd Air Commando Squadron, 14th Air Commando Wing, 7th Air Force.
  • Gone but not Forgotten

    Posted on 12/10/14 - by Jeremy Walter
    Capt. John R. Burns,
    I would like to thank you sir from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for your bravery and for giving the ultimate sacrifice for our country so that the rest of us can live in freedom.
    I have never met you in person, however I have wore your POW/MIA bracelet for over twenty years and your memory will never be forgotten
  • Final Mission of CAPT John R. Burns

    Posted on 7/21/14 - by
    The Douglas A-1 Skyraider ("Spad") is a highly maneuverable, propeller driven aircraft designed as a multipurpose attack bomber or utility aircraft. The A-1 was first used by the Air Force in its Tactical Air Command to equip the first Air Commando Group engaged in counterinsurgency operations in South Vietnam, and later used in a variety of roles, including rescue missions. CAPT John R. Burns was the pilot of an A-1E aircraft on an operational mission with another plane about 20 miles southeast of the city of Sam Neua, Laos on August 4, 1966. Burns radioed his wingman for directions and after receiving them the wingman's aircraft flew into a rain cloud. After emerging from the clouds, the wingman observed Burns' aircraft to crash. No parachute was seen and no emergency radio beeper was heard. Burns was declared Missing in Action, based on the possibility that he had ejected unseen. Burns was flying the E model of the Skyraider, which usually carries two crewmen. There is no mention of a second crewman on this flight in Air Force data, and there is no other American missing on that day. It is assumed that Burns was flying alone. The nature of Burns' mission is not stated in Air Force summaries. Because of the rather remote area of loss, it is not believed that the A-1E was on a rescue mission, but probably a bombing mission. According to the Air Force account, information that Burns died at the time of the incident was received in the Department of the Air Force which led to Burns' status being changed to Killed in Action on October 11, 1966. The nature of the information is not addressed in the account. [Narrative taken from; image from]
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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.

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