602sos.gif (1746 bytes) burnsj4.jpg (15141 bytes) John  Robert "Johnny" Burns
Captain
602ND ACS, 14TH ACW, 7TH AF
United States Air Force
08 December 1932 - 04 August 1966
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THIS   IS  A  GROVE  SITE  MEMORIAL  PAGE  HONORING 
JOHN  ROBERT  "JOHNNY"  BURNS ('50)

CAPT - O3 - Air Force - Regular
Length of service 12 years
His combat  tour began on Aug 4, 1966
Casualty was on Aug 4, 1966
In LZ,  LAOS
Hostile,  died while missing, 
FIXED WING - PILOT  AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body
was recovered


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Johnny  in  training

This photo from the Skyraider Association site shows John's A-1 training class at Hurlbert Field,  Eglin AFB,  Florida.  Left to right are Maj.  F W Macallister,  Maj L B Tatum (Missing in Action -  09/10/66),  Maj. M Barlow,  Lt. Col E P Deatrick,  Capt J R Burns (Killed in Action 08/04/66)

   
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A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 602nd Fighter Squadron was activated at Bien Hoa Air Base in October 1964 and promptly was redesignated the 602nd Fighter Commando Squadron. It later became the 602nd Air Commando Squadron, and later still the 602nd Special Operations Squadron. In August 1966, it was the 602nd ACS, part of the 14th Air Commando Wing (Nha Trang) but based at Udorn RTAFB in Thailand.

On 04 Aug 1966, two of the 602nd's A-1E Skyraiders departed Udorn to conduct a bombing raid on a target near Kang Mong, about 20 miles east of Sam Neua and close to the Lao/NVN border. The weather was poor, with a low cloud ceiling that forced the section to operate below the deck. His wingman saw Captain Burns, in A-1E 52-133872, crash into the ground in the target area. He did not see a parachute or hear an emergency beeper, and subsequent SAR efforts failed to locate any trace of Burns. Although he initially was classed as Missing in Action, the Air Force reclassified him on 10 Oct 1966 as "Killed in Action, Body not Recovered" with a casualty date of 04 Aug 1966 ... in short, it was decided that the balance of information indicated he had not survived the crash.

And so matters stood for over a quarter of a century, until on 05 Feb 1993 the Defense Department announced the positive identification of Captain Burns' remains, which had been repatriated on 05 Apr 1992.

John Robert Burns was laid to rest in Memorial Cemetery, Paris, Tennessee.


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29 Apr 2003

I Considered Him My Brother --
I Know He was my Friend
by Margaret Ann Burns Hooser
(first cousin to Johnny Burns)

Clear memories exist of how Daddy stood so tall,
Mama's not around to show her photos on the wall,
And Jean has gone on too, when our Maker came to call;

The Lord was with me then as I laid each one to rest,
Heavy burden true, but this trial each one must test;
One goodbye was awkward and unlike all the rest,
When we said "Goodbye" to Johnny we sacrificed our best.

He heard a different call which carried him away,
And made him pay a price that very few have paid;

Closure comes so slow, not the like ones before,
The How, the Why, the When, we simply have to store;

His last days here we think were not so happy ones,
So I will think of him, when he was so much fun.

Goodbye  Johnny 
from "Maggie"

Margaret A. Burns Hooser

 

 

First   Cousins

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Johnny Burns
Class  of  1950

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Margaret Burns Hooser
Class  of  1953
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Charles  Burns
Class  of  1950

 

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The planes below are representative of the A-1E  Skyraider that Johnny Burns  flew.

skyr_1.jpg (10557 bytes) A freshly painted  A-1E Skyraider in
camouflage Southeast Asia paint scheme.
A Formation of A-1E Skyraiders  flying
over  South  Vietnam  in  1966
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The Following  are  two  links  to  Johnny   Burns'  national  memorials:

The Veterans Vietnam Memorial ~ The Wall

The Virtual Wall

 

LINK  TO  JOHNNY'S  OBITUARY

 

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THE  MATERIAL  FOR  THIS  MEMORIAL   PAGE  WAS  PROVIDED  BY
MARGARET  A.  BURNS  HOOSER,
FRANK  HOOSER  and  THEIR  SON,  RANDY  HOOSER.
MARGARET  IS  GROVE  CLASS  OF  1953  and  FRANK   IS  GROVE  CLASS  OF  1951.

 

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