Burns, Donald Ray, Col

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1021A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1966-1973, POW North Vietnam
Service Years
1951 - 1977
Officer Collar Insignia
Colonel

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1929
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Mineral Wells, Texas
Last Address
Williamsburg, Virginia

Date of Passing
Apr 26, 1996
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 8 Site 8303

 Official Badges 

Combat Crew Air Force Retired


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal


 Military Association Memberships
Nam-POWS
  1973, Nam-POWS


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on March 24, 1951, and served in TX, FL, NY, Japan, GA, SC, England, France, NM, Vietnam, AL, and VA before his retirement from the Air Force on May 1, 1977.
He spent 2,285 days as a POW in North Vietnam. 

His Silver Star citation:

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Colonel Donald Ray Burns (AFSN: FR-44702), United States Air Force, for gallantry and intrepidity in action in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force during December 1966, while a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam. Ignoring international agreements on treatment of prisoners of war, the enemy resorted to mental and physical cruelties to obtain information, confessions and propaganda materials. Colonel Burns resisted their demands by calling upon his deepest inner strengths in a manner which reflected his devotion to duty and great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: Dec-66

Service: Air Force

Rank: Colonel

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

   
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
389th Tactical Fighter Squadron - ThunderboltsPrisoner Of War (POW)
  1962-1966, 1115A, 389th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thunderbolts
  1966-1973, POW North Vietnam
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1973 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Air War College
  1973-1974, Air War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-86 Sabre  B-66 Destroyer  F-84 Thunderjet  F-100 Super Sabre  
F-4 Phantom  
  1954-1957, F-86 Sabre
  1960-1962, B-66 Destroyer
  1962-1965, F-84 Thunderjet
  1963-1963, F-100 Super Sabre
  1965-1966, F-4 Phantom
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