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 Associations and Other Affiliations
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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  1962-1966, 1115A, 389th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thunderbolts

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From Month/Year
August / 1962
To Month/Year
December / 1966
Unit
389th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thunderbolts Unit Page
Rank
Major
MOS
1115A-Pilot
Location
France, New Mexico, and South Vietnam
Country/State
Not Specified
   
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 389th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thunderbolts Details

389th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thunderbolts
Type
Combat - Fighter Units
Existing/Disbanded
Existing
Parent Unit
Tactical Fighter Units
Strength
Air Squadron
Created/Owned By
Not Specified
   

Last Updated: Dec 3, 2019
   
Memories For This Unit

Other Memories
Chaumont AB, France: Aug 1962-Jul 1963
Holloman AFB, New Mexico: Jul 1963-Mar 1966
Phan Rang AB, South Vietnam: Mar-Oct 1966
Da Nang AB, South Vietnam: Oct-Dec 1966
He was forced to eject over North Vietnam and was taken as a Prisoner of War on Dec 2, 1966.

   
My Photos For This Unit
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19 Members Also There at Same Time
389th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thunderbolts

Rudd, William, Col, (1963-1993) 111 1115F First Lieutenant
Rudd, William, Col, (1963-1993) 111 1115F First Lieutenant
Torkelson, Loren Harvey, Lt Col 111 1115R First Lieutenant
Torkelson, Loren Harvey, Lt Col 111 1115R First Lieutenant
Torkelson, Loren Harvey, Lt Col 111 1115F First Lieutenant
Rudd, William, Col, (1963-1993) 111 1115R Second Lieutenant
Shepard, Robert, Maj, (1959-1979) 156 1562W Major
Ledbetter, Bill, Maj, (1955-1984) 431 43171C Technical Sergeant
Nebel, Russ, Sgt, (1966-1970) A01 AAF MOS 749 Sergeant
Barthel, Richard, Maj, (1963-1988) 462 46250 Airman 1st Class
Brewer, Joe, Sgt, (1963-1967) 431 43131C Airman 1st Class
Dunn, John, CMSgt, (1963-1991) 431 43151C Airman 1st Class
Scott, Eddie, A1C, (1963-1967) 391 39150A Airman 1st Class
Booker, Merrel, Sgt, (1963-1968) 322 32251P Airman 2nd Class
Mahan, Craig, A2C, (1964-1965) 462 46250 Airman 2nd Class
Anderson, Norris, SSgt, (1966-1977) 00 Staff Sergeant
Cook, Kelly Francis, Col, (1942-1967) Major
Morgan, James Shepard, Col, (1950-1967) Major
Thompson, James Edward (Jim), Maj, (1954-1975) Major
Thompson, James Edward (Jim), Maj, (1954-1975) Major
Shannon, Billy Eugene, Capt, (1951-1965) Captain
Thompson, James Edward (Jim), Maj, (1954-1975) Captain
Thompson, James Edward (Jim), Maj, (1954-1975) Captain
Crew, James Alan, Maj, (1965-1967) First Lieutenant
Ducat, Bruce Chalmers, Maj, (1963-1966) First Lieutenant
Knudsen, Harold Eugene, 1st Lt, (1963-1966) First Lieutenant
Knudsen, Harold Eugene, 1st Lt, (1963-1966) First Lieutenant

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