Burkett, William Omer, Capt

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Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 504th Tactical Air Support Group
Service Years
1965 - 1969
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Sgt Stephen Willcox-Deceased to remember Burkett, William Omer ("Bucket"), Capt.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Dillsboro, IN
Last Address
Bien Hoa AB

Casualty Date
Apr 16, 1969
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Bien Hoa (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Riverview Cemetery - Aurora, Illinois
Wall/Plot Coordinates
27W 093

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Air Education and Training Command97th Bombardment Wing, Heavy19th Tactical Air Support Squadron504th  Tactical Air Support Group
  1966-1967, Air Education and Training Command
  1968-1968, 97th Bombardment Wing, Heavy
  1969-1969, 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron
  1969-1969, 504th Tactical Air Support Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Indiana University
  1962-1965, Indiana University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
T-41 Mescalero  T-37 Tweet  T-38 Talon  KC-135 Stratotanker  
O-2 Skymaster  
  1966-1967, T-41 Mescalero
  1966-1967, T-37 Tweet
  1966-1967, T-38 Talon
  1968-1968, KC-135 Stratotanker
  1969-1969, O-2 Skymaster
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Last Known Activity
"Captain William Omer Burkett was from Dillsboro, Indiana and born on 21 February 1943. He was 26 and married with one son when he died. He was a graduate of the University of Indiana and nicknamed "Bucket." Captain Burkett was a KC-135 pilot before his tour in Vietnam and was buried on his mother's birhday. He had three years service and served 74 days in combat. Captain Burkett was a Rake Forward Air Controller assigned to the 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron at Bien Hoa. He and Captain Leon J. Pierce were flying O-2A S/N 67-21437 and marking a bunker complex for an air strike when they were hit by ground fire and crashed near Long Thanh 15 miles east of Saigon. His body was recovered."

Source: http://www.fac-assoc.org

"NEWS RELEASE, Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs), Immediate Release, April 22, 1969, No. 308-69 (c-76) U.S. Military Casualties - Vietnam:
The Department of Defense today announced the following casualties in connection with the conflict in Vietnam:

Killed As A Result of Hostile Action:
CAPTAIN William O. Burkett, husband of Mrs. Shirley R. Burkett, Rural Route #1, Cross Plains, 47018."


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