Burns, Donald Ray, Col

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Primary Unit
1966-1973, POW North Vietnam
Service Years
1951 - 1977
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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
  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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Model North American F-86D Sabre
Length 37.50 ft | 11.43 m
Width 37.07 ft | 11.30 m
Height 14.99 ft | 4.57 m
Engine(s) 1 x General Electric J47-GE-27, turbujet engine generating 5,970lbs of thrust.
Empty Weight 10,950 lbs | 4,967 kg
MTOW 17,000 lbs | 7,711 kg
Max Speed 690 mph | 1,110 km/h | 599 kts
Max Range 785 miles | 1,263 km
Ceiling 50,000 ft | 15,240 m | 9.5 miles
Climb Rate 12,000 ft/min (1,344 m/min)
Hardpoints 2
Armament 6 x 12.7mm machine guns
24 x 2.75in rockets

External provisions for 2,000 lbs of bombs
Accommodations 1

Major Variants

* XP-86 - Original Army Air Force prototypes (3)
* YP-86A - Re-engined with GE J47 turbojet.
* P-86A - Redesignated from YP-86A
* F-86A - Redesignated production model from P-86A; Featured J47-GE-1 turbojet.
* F-86D - Complete redesign of base model; Redesignated as night/all-weather aircraft; Hughes fire control system; J47-GE-33 turbojet.
* F-86E - Slab tailplane adjustable inflight; J47-GE-27 turbojet
* F-86F - J47-GE-27 turbojet; Extended leading edges.
* F-86K - Based on F-86D model with J47-GE-17B tubojet.
* F-86L - Rebuilt "D" model with updated electronics and larger wing surface

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