Burnham, Donald Dawson, LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Cavalry
Last Primary MOS
100B-Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-Present, POW/MIA
Service Years
1964 - 1968

Cavalry

Lieutenant Colonel


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Home State
Alabama
Alabama
Year of Birth
1940
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Webb
Last Address
Webb

Casualty Date
Feb 02, 1968
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
36E 067 Memorial

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator Badge (Basic)

 
 Unit Assignments
1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment (Air Cavalry) POW/MIA
  1967-1968, 100B, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment (Air Cavalry)
  1968-Present, POW/MIA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Colleges Attended 
Auburn University
  1958-1962, Auburn University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Then Capt. Donald Burnham was trained with Flight class: 65-5 .

On 2 February 1968, he was the pilot of a UH-1H helicopter (#66-16442) that departed Camp Evans, Quang Tri, Republic of Vietnam for Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam. His tour began on 21 March 1967.

During a ground radar controlled approach to Da Nang Airbase, the controller lost radio contact with the helicopter and subsequently lost radar contact. The last positive position of the aircraft was 12 miles north of Da Nang. After attempts to contact Captain Burnham by radio failed, ramp checks were conducted by another pilot from his unit. Search of the area to the north of Da Nang failed to locate the missing aircraft.

Loss of aircraft may possibly have been due to weather conditions.

On May 28, 1968, a crashed and burned UH-1H helicopter (tail #6442) was located in the appropriate vicinity and a search party recovered an ID tag belonging to SFC Pringle, several weapons, and some human bones.
(Source: http://www.vhpa.org/KIA/incident/680202171ACD.HTM)

Crew Lost: (MIA)
Lt. Col Donald D. Burnham (P)
SSgt. Kenneth J. Patton (CE)

Passengers: (MIA)
SFC Charles L. Adkins
SFC Joseph D. Puggi
SGM Joe H. Pringle

Memorial markers were placed in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia and in Webb Cemetery, Webb, Alabama.
   
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