Burns, Edward J., 1stSgt

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Last Rank
First Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 585-First Sergeant
Last AFSC Group
Branch Immaterial (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1940-1941, 15th Pursuit Group, Fighter
Service Years
1938 - 1941
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
First Sergeant

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Wheeler Field, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1941
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Attack on Pearl Harbor
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section M, Grave 1327

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18th Air Base SquadronUS Air Force15th Pursuit Group, Fighter
  1940-1940, 18th Air Base Squadron
  1940-1941, 72nd Pursuit Squadron, Interceptor
  1940-1941, 15th Pursuit Group, Fighter
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Attack on Pearl Harbor
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Last Known Activity
According to the 1940 Federal Census,, then Cpl, Burns was serving at Wheeler Field with the Base Hq, and 18th Air Base Squadron.

1st Sgt. Edward Burns served with the 72nd Pursuit Squadron, at Wheeler Field, Oahu, Hawaii. (MOS 585 1st Sgt.)

He was killed in action at Wheeler Field during the Japanese naval aircraft attack on the base north of Pearl Harbor.

He was initially interred in the Schofield Barracks Cemetery on Oahu, Hawaii,  then re-interred in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii (1949).

Those killed from the 72nd Pursuit Squadron, Wheeler Field:
Edward J. Burns, 1st Sgt
Malachy J. Cashen, Cpl
Dean W. Cebert, Pvt
William C. Creech, PFC
James Everett, SSgt
Paul B. Free, SSgt
Joseph E. Good, SSgt
James E. Guthrie, SSgt
Robert L. Hull, Pvt
George G. Leslie, Pvt
John A. Price, SSgt

Note:  Father, John J. Burns, Pittsfield, Massachusetts according to news release of 9 December 1941.
http://www.coulthart.com/134/mos.htm (MOS)
ancestry.com  (6144931)

LR.. Arakaki and J.R. Kuborn,  7 December 1941: The Air Force Story, Pacific Air Force, Hickham Air Force Base, Hawaii, 1991.
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