Burns, Richard Allen, CPL Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Service Years
- 1969



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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1948
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Fontana
Last Address
Fontana

Casualty Date
Feb 28, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Binh Thuan
Conflict
Vietnam War/Unspecified Operation
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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Last Name BURNS
Given Names RICHARD ALLEN

Date of Birth 19480905 09/05/1948
Service A Army
Component Y Selective Service
Rank CPL Corporal
Grade and posthumous promotion + E3
Service Occupation 11B10 Light Weapons Infantry (ARMY)
Actual Date of Casualty 19690227 02/27/1969
Actual Date of Death 19690228 02/28/1969
Tour Date 680403 04/03/1968
Posthumous decoration
Casualty Type A2 Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason E Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Air no Air 7 Ground Casualty
Body Recovered
Country VS South Vietnam
Province 17 Binh Thuan
Casualty Location
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Major command, eg division or brigade 101st Abn Div
Company/battery/troop or similar level unit B Co
Battalion or similar level unit 3rd Bn
Regiment, ROAD 506th Infantry

Home of Record City FONTANA
Home of Record State Code California

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RICHARD ALLEN BURNS
Army - CPL - E4
Age: 20
Race: Caucasian
Sex: Male
Date of Birth Sep 5, 1948
From: FONTANA, CA
Religion: ROMAN CATHOLIC
Marital Status: Single
CPL - E4 - Army - Selective Service
101st Airborne Division

Length of service 1 years
His tour began on Apr 3, 1968
Casualty was on Feb 28, 1969
In BINH THUAN, SOUTH VIETNAM
Hostile, died of wounds, GROUND CASUALTY
ARTILLERY, ROCKET, or MORTAR
Body was recovered
   
Comments/Citation
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Nellie Harness Coakley
tcoakley@northnet.org
nurse present, when Richard died. 7th, Mash, Hospital
7, College Street, Canton, N.Y., 13617, USA
Nurse's Commentary
I was present, when Richard died. His name tag, was the only one, I ever read in triage. I believe, I was meant to, because we had many men come in, from his platoon, that day and I helped comfort a friend, the first night and his Lt., the next, while I was, on night duty. He must have been, a wonderful human being, because he was obviously highly thought of and deeply loved, by the men, in his platoon. I have so often wanted, to tell his parents what a wonderful son, they must have raised, how very sorry I'am, that he died and that, we gave him our very best, at our hospital. I always look him up, at the Wall, when I'm in DC..
Wednesday, September 29, 1999
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Jon  Iverson
jbi_cpa@yahoo.com
Friend of his younger brother
Fontana CA
Richard mentioned on TV tonight
Tonight, Saturday, Jan 23, 2010, I was watching a program on the History channel, 1968 with Tom Brokaw. Army Nurse Nelly Harness Coakley relayed an experience that involved Cpl Burns. Ms. Coakley relays that same experience below that she was present when Cpl Burns passed away in triage and that his was the only dog tag she had ever read. The memory of his passing must have seared a great scar in her memory that 40 years later it can still be so fresh, still be so tramatic. I was friends with Cpl Burns' younger brother Glenn. I also was a paper boy for the local newspaper The Fontana Herald News and I remember my sadness of reading of his passing while I folded my newspapers that day. Thought I would pass along the above info should the family be interested. God bless Cpl Burns.
Jan 23, 2010


Jane Fulkerson(Photo Credits)
mccolt@nemontel.net
Currahee Researcher
POB., 364, Plentywood, Montana, 59254, USA
http://www.currahee.org/
Richard Allen Burns, was born, Septmeber 5, 1948, the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald R. Burns, of Fontana, California. Also surviving him, were his two, brothers: Michael and Glenn. Richard served, with the 3rd, Battalion, 506th, Infantry, (Currahees) 101st, Airborne, Division and was scheduled to leave Vietnam, April 3rd, of 1969. He was killed, on February 28th, so he had about a month left, to serve in country. Seven, Currahees, were killed, when two "booby traps," exploded. Godspeed Currahees!
Tuesday, February 10, 2004
   
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