Burgess, John Lawrence, SP 5

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Specialist 5
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
67N10-UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 67N10, HHC, 1st Cavalry Division
Service Years
1965 - 1970
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Specialist 5


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One Overseas Service Bar


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Home State
Michigan
Michigan
Year of Birth
1949
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Kingsley
Last Address
Kingsley

Casualty Date
Jun 30, 1970
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Phuoc Long (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
09W 104

 Official Badges 

1st Cavalry Division


 Unofficial Badges 

Medical Shoulder Cord Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran Gold Star




 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialAmerican Battle Monuments Commission
  1970, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, American Battle Monuments Commission

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Aviation Badge (Basic)

 
 Unit Assignments
11th Aviation Group1st Cavalry Division
  1969-1970, HHC, 11th Aviation Group
  1969-1970, 67N10, HHC, 1st Cavalry Division
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Name: John Lawrence Burgess
Rank/Branch: E5/US Army
Unit: Company B, 227th Aviation Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)
Date of Birth: 05 April 1949 (Sutton's Bay MI)
Home City of Record: Kingsley MI
Date of Loss: 30 June 1970
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 121557N 1071051E (YU372568)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 3
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: UH1H
Refno: 1645
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)

REMARKS:

Source: Compiled from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S.
Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families,
published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK in 1998.

SYNOPSIS: On June 30, 1970, SP5 John L. Burgess was the crew chief of a UH1H
helicopter on a command and control mission when it was hit by enemy fire,
crashed, and burned near the Cambodia/South Vietnam border in Phuoc Long
Province, South Vietnam.

The other individuals aboard the aircraft included 1Lt. Leslie F. Douglas,
Jr., 1Lt. Richard Dyer, SFC Juan Colon-Diaz, and PFC Goosman. PFC Goosman,
who was thrown clear of the aircraft (he was probably the door gunner), was
the only survivor of the crash.

PFC Goosman later stated that he pulled the aircraft commander clear of the
aircraft, but because of the fire, was unable to free any of the crew
members or the one passenger from the aircraft. Goosman was able to
determine that no one else had survived the crash. He remained at the scene
of the crash site until friendly troops arrived to secure the aircraft
wreckage. The remains of the four crew members were placed in four body bags
and evacuated.

Major Knudson, who arrived shortly after the crash, landed in a secure LZ
adjacent to the crash and picked up Goosman and the 4 body bags. They were
transported directly from the crash site to medical facilities located at
Camp Gorvad, Phuoc Vinh, South Vietnam. Graves Registration at Camp Gorvad
forwarded the four body bags to the mortuary at Than San Nhut to undergo
autopsies. At the mortuary, as identification was conducted, it was
determined that they only had 3 sets of remains rather than four. While
processing the remains at the mortuary, it was discovered that one of the
body bags contained portions of the upper torso and another bag contained
portions of the lower torso of the same individual. After this discovery,
they were combined and positive identifications made of the three
individuals, Douglas, Dyer and Colon-Diaz.

Than San Nhut Mortuary never received any remains correlating to SP5
Burgess, and it was believed that the remains of Burgess were either burned
beneath the wreckage of the aircraft or incinerated in the fire which
engulfed the aircraft after it crashed. The mortuary suggested another
search of the crash site area, but additional searches were not considered
possible because of enemy presence in the area. When a final review of
aerial photographs was made in 1973, there was no evidence of the crashed
aircraft.

SP5 John L. Burgess is maintained with honor among the missing because his
remains were never found to be sent home for burial in the soil for which he
fought. His family can grieve for his death.

For the families of nearly 2500 other missing Americans, grief cannot occur.
They are caught in the uncertainty of not knowing. They are tantalized and
tortured by nearly 10,000 reports received regarding missing Americans in
Southeast Asia. Many of the missing were alive and well the last time they
were seen. Some were in radio contact with would-be rescuers. Others were
seen in captivity and even photographed, only to disappear from the prison
systems.

While Burgess may not be among the hundreds of Americans thought to be still
alive, one can imagine his gladly flying one more mission to help bring his
comrades home - alive.

 
 
Burial:
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: MIA South Vietnam June 30, 1970

Created by: Nancy Franco
Record added: May 28, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 90895872
   
Comments/Citation
Vietnam Wall Panel coords 09W 104

Chuck Reed
I served with John... B-227th AHB
On this Memorial Day...
John, you are missed by us all. As we young men turn old, my thoughts return to the lost heroes of my youth. You hold a special place, always the consumate professional and great to share a laugh with, even in the worst of times. You have now earned a new set of wings and once again, I am sure you are performing your duties with courage, honor and a smile. Thank you for your service and touching my life.
May 28, 2012

 

♥ Jackie Taylor
I Will, Remember You

Honoring Your Memory, Today, On Your Birthday.
Apr 5, 2009

 

Garnet Jenkins
Just passing by
Grand Junction, Co. USA
Sister, of another Fallen Hero, with the 1st, Cav.
Remembering, this Young Hero, on the anniversary, of the day, he gave his Life, for our country. You will, never be forgotten. Please know, that you, are loved and missed. Revelations, 21:4, They shall, grow not old, as we, that are left, grow old. age shall not, weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down, of the sun and in the morning, We will, remember them. "For the Fallen," September, 1914, R.L. Binyon
Friday, June 30, 2006

 

Manuel Pino 2/8 Bco 1st Cav-68-69
Fellow Cav Brother
B co 227 AHB
Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings, Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds and done a hundred things. You have not dreamed of wheeled and soared and swung, high in the sunlit silence, hov'ring there, I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air. Up, up the long delirious, burning blue I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace, where never lark, or even eagle flew, and, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod the high untrespassed sanctity of space, put out my hand and touched the face of God. By John G. Magee, Jr.
Monday, July 10, 2006

 

Art Dembinski
First cousin, once removed
2432, 10th, St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH., 44221, USA
Aanii!
My first cousin, once removed, SP5, John Lawrence Burgess, was KIA., in Viet Nam, 30, June 1970. He was, the crew chief of a Huey, brought down, by enemy fire. Only one, of the five, men, on board survived, the crash and the fire afterward. I'am indebted, to John Goosman, who survived, to tell me some, of their story. John was born, Larry Waukazoo, an Ottawa, Indian, in the Indian village, of Peshawbestown, in Michigan, in 1949. he was adopted, by the Burgess family. I never, knew about him, until years afterward, when I researched, our family's history. I doubt John Lawrence, ever knew, about his grandfather, Ed Waukazoo, a veteran of WWI, his great-grandfather, Joseph Waukazoo, who was shot while fighting, with the all-Indian, Company K, of the 1st, Michigan, Sharpshooters, between Washington and Richmond, in the Civil War, or about, his great-great-grandfather, Pen-dun-wan, Chief, Peter Waukazoo, who in the 1840's, played a vital role in preserving, the Grand Traverse Band, of Ottawa and Chippewa, Indians, to the present day. In 2005, the Band celebrates, the 25th, anniversary, of the re-recognition of its tribal status, by the federal government. The bodies, of the other men killed, in the crash were recovered, except for that, of John Lawrence, which was most likely, burned to ashes. His ashes, are mixed with the soil, of the forest somewhere, on the border between southern, Viet Nam and Cambodia, a place which for his tribal relations, will always, be Indian country.
Sunday, May 29, 2005

 

Art Dembinski

John L Burgess, from his 1967, high school, yearbook.
Monday, May 30, 2005

 

Suzi Coffman
Mr Anderson's History Studemt
Sam Houston, High School, 2000, Sam Houston Dr., Arlingotn, TX., 76014, USA
My Adopted MIA.
Specialist 5th, class, John L. Burgess, my name is Suzi. I'am a 2001, Junior, at Sam Houston, HIgh School, in Arlington, TX.. As part of a class assignment, on Vietnam's MIA's., I learned, your story and shared it, with my classmates. I learned, of your sacrifice and will remember you. Suzi Coffman
Wednesday, May 09, 2001

 

Kimberly Kimmel-Ober
admirer
Encinitas, California, United States, of America
For SP4/E-4, John Burgess AND all those, who knew him and loved him, I just want to say thank you, for your dedication and sacrifice! Please know, that you have, not been forgotten and always will hold a special place, in my heart! It would have been nice, to have known you, as a person and I greatly, appreciate your service! I just wish, you did not have to pay, so, high a price! You forever will, be a hero, in my eyes!
Wednesday, April 10, 2002

 

mark kapinos
rest well my cav brother
Saturday, April 05, 2003


The following remembrances have been left at The Virtual Wall for JOHN LAWRENCE BURGESS:

Remembered - Posted by
(Photo Credit: Art Dembinski) Rest in peace with the warriors.

 


 
Biography of John Burgess
Posted for: JOHN LAWRENCE BURGESS:
Viola Waukazoo was the birth mother of Larry Waukazoo. He along with two siblings were adopted to the Burgess family in Kingsley. At the time of his adoption, he was renamed John Lawrence Burgess. He lived and attended grades 1 through 12 at Kingsley school He was an athlete who played basketball in high school And in the summers he was a camp councilor. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army & fought in the Vietnam War. His company was called “The Good Deal Company”.Two weeks before his scheduled leave, he wrote his sister, of his plans to visit Australia again. However, just before his leave, he and 5 solders were on a Command & Control Mission Where John was the crew chief of the UHIH (Huey) helicopter. Enemy fire hit the aircraft and the helicopter crashed & burned near the CambodiaSouth Vietnam border. The door gunner was thrown clear of the aircraft and believed to be the only one to survive the fiery crash. He pulled one of the solders from the crash but the fire was so intense that he was unable to retrieve the rest of the bodies. He remained on the scene of the crash site until friendly troops arrived to secure the aircraft wreckage. The remains of the four crew members were placed in 4 body bags and evacuated. The 4 body bags were transported directly from the crash site to medical facilities located at Camp Gorvad, Phuoc Vinh, South Vietnam and later sent to the mortuary at Than San Nhut to undergo autopsies. At the mortuary, as identification was conducted, it was determined that they only had 3 sets of remains rather than four. While processing the remains at the mortuary, it was discovered that one of the body bags contained portions of the upper torso and another bag contained portions of the lower torso of the same individual. After the discovery, the bodies were combined and positive identifications were made of the 3 individuals, Douglas, Dyer and Colon-Diaz. Than San Nhut Mortuary never received any remains correlating to SP5 Burgess and it was believed that the remains of Burgess were either burned beneath the wreckage of the aircraft or incinerated in the fire which engulfed the aircraft after it crashed. The mortuary suggested another search of the crash site area, but additional searches were not considered possible because of enemy presence in the area. When the final review of aerial photographs was made in 1973, there was no evidence of the crashed aircraft. SP5 John L. Burgess is maintained with honor among the missing because his remains were never found to be sent home for burial in the soil for which he fought. His family grieves for his death. In the 1990’s the Army requested D&A from one of his siblings. His mother, Louise asked the Army to contact his sister Peggy. D&A was sent but to this date, no word on if her D&A was matched with John. He will remain forever young in the minds of his friends and family. May he rest in peace.
Posted by: His sister, Peggy

 
A Friend - Posted by Renee Pickard
John, my brothers knew you. I knew your mom and your niece Sam(Miranda). I believe your mom never got over your loss. I may have not known you,but thru her eyes I grew to love you.Thank you John for your service ,the ultimate sacrifice. You wont be forgotten!
 
My Uncle - Posted by Miranda Smith
We have never forgotten you. We all hope that you are in a much happier place.

 
Not forgotten - Posted by Dave Kruger, 196th LIB. 66-67
John, Although we never met, I just want you to know you are not forgotten. You gave the ultimate sacrifice, your life for what you believed in. Sleep well my friend, and thank you for protecting the freedoms we have today. 

 
Not Forgotten - Posted by Candace Lokey
I have not forgotten you. I chair the Adoption Committee for The National League of Families of Prisoners  of War and Missing in Action in Southeast Asia. We will always remember the 1,889 Americans still unaccounted for in Southeast Asia and the thousands of others that lost their lives. We will not stop our efforts until all of you are home where you belong.

We need to reach the next generation so that they will carry on when our generation is no longer able. To do so, we are attempting to locate photographs of all the missing. If you are reading this remembrance and have a photo and/or memory of this missing American that you would like to share for our project, please contact me at:

Candace Lokey
PO Box 206
Freeport, PA 16229
mlokey@aol.com

If you are not familiar with our organization, please visit our web site at :

www.pow-miafamilies.org
 
   
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