Burroughs, William David, Col

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1974-1976, 82nd Flying Training Wing (Staff)
Service Years
1955 - 1976
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Contact Info
Home Town
Indianhead, Maryland
Last Address

Date of Passing
Mar 27, 1999
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona - Phoenix, Arizona
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 46 Site 1707

 Official Badges 

Air Force Academy Professor Combat Crew Air Force Retired Air Training Command Instructor (post-1966)

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

 Military Association Memberships
Nam-POWSAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  2017, Nam-POWS
  2017, Air Force Memorial (AFM) - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

His AF Cross citation:

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Major William David Burroughs (AFSN: FR-27184), United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force while serving with the 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, in action in Southeast Asia on 11 July 1966. On that date, Major Burroughs flew his unarmed and unescorted RF-101 Voodoo against a strategic target of vital importance situated along a critical northeast railroad only thirty-five nautical miles northeast of Hanoi. This target was of singular value, and the immediate area defenses were as concentrated, menacing, and vicious as any in the annals of air warfare. Refusing to be deterred by a direct hit from a deadly missile which caused major structural damage to his aircraft, Major Burroughs courageously pursued his mission and obtained important photo intelligence of this strategic target. By his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of an armed hostile force, Major Burroughs reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: July 11, 1966

Service: Air Force

Rank: Major

Company: 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron

Division: Kadena Air Base, Okinawa

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Air Training Command98th Fighter-Interceptor SquadronUS Air Force Academy (Staff)Armed Forces Staff College  (Staff)
15th Tactical Reconnaissance SquadronPrisoner Of War (POW)Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National War College82nd Flying Training Wing (Staff)
  1955-1956, 1021A, Air Training Command
  1956-1959, 1021A, 98th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1960-1964, US Air Force Academy (Staff)
  1964-1965, Armed Forces Staff College (Staff)
  1965-1966, 1021A, 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1966-1973, Prisoner Of War (POW)
  1973-1974, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National War College
  1974-1976, 82nd Flying Training Wing (Staff)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1966 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
  1965-1973 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Catholic University of AmericaUnited States Military AcademyUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillArmed Forces Staff College
Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
  1949-1951, Catholic University of America
  1951-1955, United States Military Academy
  1959-1960, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  1964-1965, Armed Forces Staff College
  1973-1974, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-89 Scorpion  RF-101C Voodoo  T-37 Tweet  T-38 Talon  
  1956-1959, F-89 Scorpion
  1965-1966, RF-101C Voodoo
  1974-1976, T-37 Tweet
  1974-1976, T-38 Talon
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