Burns, Hugh, LTC

Infantry (Officer)
 
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Current Service Status
USA Retired
Current/Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Current/Last Service Branch
Special Forces
Current/Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Current/Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 11A, United Nations Command (UNC)
Previously Held MOS
745-Rifleman
667-Message Center Clerk
3152-Photographer Still
941-Camera Technician
152-Photographer
1745-Rifle Platoon or Squad Leader
3945-Photography Laboratory Specialist
6-Student Officer
11A-Infantry Officer
Service Years
1946 - 1969
Foreign Language(s)
Korean
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Special Forces


Special Forces
Lieutenant Colonel


Two Service Stripes



Six Overseas Service Bars


 Official Badges 

1st Cavalry Division Special Forces Group Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007)

Honorably Discharged WW II


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Chapter I/XVIII - The Samuel S. Theriault/Aaron Bank ChapterBerlin U.S. Military Veterans Association1st Cavalry Division Association187th Airborne Infantry Regiment Association
Special Operations Association (SOA-MACV)
  1968, Special Forces Association, 1, Chapter I/XVIII - The Samuel S. Theriault/Aaron Bank Chapter (Executive Officer) (Fayetteville, North Carolina) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1970, Berlin U.S. Military Veterans Association [Verified]
  1990, 1st Cavalry Division Association [Verified]
  1990, 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment Association [Verified]
  1991, Special Operations Association (SOA-MACV) [Verified]


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Operation White Star
From Month/Year
April / 1959
To Month/Year
April / 1962

Description
Operation White Star (also known as Project White Star) was the code name for a United States military advisory mission to Laos during the first years of the Second Indochina War, which would eventually become known in the United States as the Vietnam War. The purpose was to train the Royal Laotian Army as well as indigenous Hmong, and Yao tribesmen to fight the Pathet Lao communist insurgency. This was later extended to include combat against the North Vietnamese Army, which was increasingly using Laos as a staging, transit and resupply area for its operations in South Vietnam.
White Star began in 1959 as "Operation Hotfoot" with the deployment of 107 United States Army Special Forces soldiers (Green Berets) of the 77th Special Forces Group —later named the 7th SFG in May 1960—under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Arthur D. "Bull" Simons. Because Laos was ostensibly a neutral party to the conflict between the United States and North Vietnam, the soldiers did not wear United States Army uniforms.
In 1961, however, the United States lent full and open support to the Vientiane government and the program was renamed "Operation White Star" with U.S. soldiers openly wearing their uniforms. Operation White Star formally ended in July 1962 when Laotian neutrality was officially established. Counterinsurgency efforts were then managed covertly by the Central Intelligence Agency.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
January / 1962
To Month/Year
April / 1962
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
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My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  25 Also There at This Battle:
 
  • BOJESCUL, SILVIUS, 1SG, (1956-1983)
  • Finch, Theodore, SGM, (1943-1967)
  • Haskins, Jon, SFC, (1958-1978)
  • Osborne, William L., COL, (1940-1965)
  • Shepherd, Russell, MSG, (1956-1976)
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