DONALD F BURNETT
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HONORED ON PANEL 37E, LINE 51 OF THE WALL

DONALD FREDERICK BURNETT

WALL NAME

DONALD F BURNETT

PANEL / LINE

37E/51

DATE OF BIRTH

07/06/1935

CASUALTY PROVINCE

OFFSHORE, MIL RG IV

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/06/1968

HOME OF RECORD

MONTGOMERY

COUNTY OF RECORD

Montgomery County

STATE

AL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

AXCS

STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DONALD FREDERICK BURNETT
POSTED ON 5.10.2018
POSTED BY: jerry sandwisch wood cty.ohio nam vet 1969-70 army 173rd abn bde

You are not forgotten

My POW/MIA flag is displayed 24/7 in remembrance of all the lost warriors.
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POSTED ON 8.21.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Thank You

Dear AXCS Donald Burnett,
Thank you for your service as a Senior Chief Aviation Anti-Submarine Warfare Technician. You are still MIA.
PLEASE COME HOME.
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 be at peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 7.22.2014
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of AXCS Donald F. Burnett

Final Mission of AXCS Donald F. Burnett
At 0900 hours on February 5, 1968, a P-3 "Orion" aircraft assigned to Patrol Squadron 26 at U Tapao Airbase, Thailand, left on a "Market Time" mission over the Gulf of Thailand (Gulf of Siam). They were scheduled to return to their base at about 0900 hours the following morning. The crew on board the aircraft included LT Thomas P. Jones, LTJG Lynn M. Travis, LTJG Roy A. Huss, AXCS Donald F. Burnett, AX3 Armando Chapa Jr., AX3 William F. Farris (AX designates Antisubmarine warfare technicians and related duties), AOC Donald L. Gallagher, AMH2 Homer E. McKay, ADR1 James C. Newman Jr., AE1 Melvin C. Thompson (A designates in many cases, aviation personnel, i.e. AE1 is Aviation Electrician's Mate First Class). As antisubmarine warfare was all but unknown in Vietnam, there were a variety of duties handled by those trained in antisubmarine warfare. As marking submarines, and/or destroying them involved the use of marking buoys, electronic "ears" and other technical equipment suited for target marking, antisubmarine teams were frequently used for search missions. They also sometimes assisted in attacks on small enemy water craft. Shortly after midnight on February 6, the Orion reported a surface contact. Some two hours later it reported another contact somewhat further east. The last report received from the Orion was after 0300 hours. No subsequent communication was received. An emergency communication alert for the aircraft was declared shortly after daybreak and a full search and rescue (SAR) was declared. In the late afternoon of February 6, wreckage and debris were sighted and identified. On February 7 search and rescue operations were terminated at sundown. Salvage operations were conducted from February 11 through March 21. The investigating officer concluded that the Orion had impacted with the water, and that the aircraft had been completely destroyed, and that all of the crewmembers had died instantly. The Orion went down about 50 miles off the shores of South Vietnam's An Xuyen Province in the Gulf of Thailand. Presumably, all the crew aboard are "buried" at sea - an honorable burial for a naval man. This crew is listed with honor among the missing because no remains were ever found. [Narrative taken from pownetwork.org; image from wikipedia.org]
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POSTED ON 5.24.2014
POSTED BY: Donna

Remembering my Uncle Donald

Thinking of you today as I always do on Memorial Day. I wish you were here to know you had two nephews that followed in your footsteps and joined the Navy. I will always remember you.
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POSTED ON 5.10.2014
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of AXCS Donald F. Burnett

Final Mission of AXCS Donald F. Burnett
At 0900 hours on February 5, 1968, a P-3 "Orion" aircraft assigned to Patrol Squadron 26 at U Tapao Airbase, Thailand, left on a "Market Time” mission over the Gulf of Thailand (Gulf of Siam). They were scheduled to return to their base at about 0900 hours the following morning. The crew on board the aircraft included LT Thomas P. Jones, LTJG Lynn M. Travis, LTJG Roy A. Huss, AXCS Donald F. Burnett, AX3 Armando Chapa Jr., AX3 William F. Farris (AX designates Antisubmarine warfare technicians and related duties), AOC Donald L. Gallagher, AMH2 Homer E. McKay; ADR1 James C. Newman Jr., and AE1 Melvin C. Thompson (A designates in many cases, aviation personnel, i.e. AE1 is Aviation Electrician's Mate First Class). As antisubmarine warfare was all but unknown in Vietnam, there were a variety of duties handled by those trained in antisubmarine warfare. As marking submarines, and/or destroying them involved the use of marking buoys, electronic "ears" and other technical equipment suited for target marking, antisubmarine teams were frequently used for search missions. They also sometimes assisted in attacks on small enemy water craft. Shortly after midnight on February 6, the Orion reported a surface contact. Some two hours later it reported another contact somewhat further east. The last report received from the Orion was after 0300 hours. No subsequent communication was received. An emergency communication alert for the aircraft was declared shortly after daybreak and a full search and rescue (SAR) was declared. In the late afternoon of February 6, wreckage and debris were sighted and identified. On February 7 search and rescue operations were terminated at sundown. Salvage operations were conducted from February 11 through March 21. The investigating officer concluded that the Orion had impacted with the water, and that the aircraft had been completely destroyed, and that all of the crewmembers had died instantly. The Orion went down about 50 miles off the shores of South Vietnam's An Xuyen Province in the Gulf of Thailand. Presumably, all the crew aboard are "buried" at sea - an honorable burial for a naval man. This crew is listed with honor among the missing because no remains were ever found. [Narrative taken from pownetwork.org; image from wikipedia.org]
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