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Soldier Missing from Vietnam War Accounted For (Army Spc. 5 John L. Burgess, of Sutton Bay, Mich)
United States Department Of Defense ^ | June 25, 2013

Posted on 06/25/2013 6:09:49 PM PDT by Stoat

Soldier Missing from Vietnam War Accounted For

            The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that a soldier, missing from the Vietnam War, has been accounted for and will be buried with full military honors along with two of his crew members.

            Army Spc. 5 John L. Burgess, of Sutton Bay, Mich., was the crew chief of a UH-1H Iroquois helicopter that crashed in Binh Phuoc Province, South Vietnam.  Also, killed in the crash were 1st Lt. Leslie F. Douglas Jr., of Verona, Miss.; lst Lt. Richard Dyer, of Central Falls, R.I.; and Sgt. 1st Class Juan Colon-Diaz, of Comerio, Puerto Rico. Another crew member, Pfc. John Goosman, survived the crash and was rescued.  Remains representing Dyer, Colon-Diaz, and Burgess, will be buried as a group in a single casket, on July 2, at Arlington National Cemetery.

            On June 30, 1970, while on a command and control mission, the helicopter was struck by enemy fire, causing it to crash. Shortly thereafter, friendly forces recovered remains of Douglas, Colon-Diaz, and Dyer.  The three men were individually identified and buried with full military honors.  At that time, no remains were attributed to Burgess.

            From 1992 to 2012, more than a dozen joint U.S./Socialist Republic of Vietnam (S.R.V.) teams investigated the case, in Binh Phuoc Province, recovering human remains, personal effects, military equipment, and aircraft wreckage associated with this loss.    

            Burgess was accounted for using forensic and circumstantial evidence. 

            For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO website at www.dtic.mil/dpmoor call 703-699-1420.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: army; michigan; soldier; vietnam
Rest In Peace, Honored Soldier

Welcome Home

1 posted on 06/25/2013 6:09:49 PM PDT by Stoat
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To: cripplecreek; La Enchiladita; snippy_about_it; SAMWolf; CholeraJoe

Ping


2 posted on 06/25/2013 6:11:21 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

Welcome home soldier.


3 posted on 06/25/2013 6:12:04 PM PDT by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)
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Welcome home soldier. You’re brothers have been waiting too long for your return.

God’s speed.


4 posted on 06/25/2013 6:13:34 PM PDT by llevrok (We are in a new Cold War. At home.)
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Welcome home and rest in peace soldier.

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5 posted on 06/25/2013 6:15:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Stoat

Rest in peace

6 posted on 06/25/2013 6:17:13 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: Stoat

Welcome home


7 posted on 06/25/2013 6:21:26 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: Stoat

Maybe it’s best that he didn’t see how the country he fought and died for turned out.


8 posted on 06/25/2013 6:22:07 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Stoat
Rest in Peace


9 posted on 06/25/2013 6:32:54 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Stoat

Welcome Home SP5 Burgess. RIP on your home soil.


10 posted on 06/25/2013 6:36:49 PM PDT by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2013! Geaux, Pack, Geaux!)
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To: Stoat
Welcome home hero's. We've been waiting for you!

Rest in peace in the name of our Lord.

I salute you!

11 posted on 06/25/2013 6:38:52 PM PDT by 41Thunder (The SUPPLY of Government is GREATER than the DEMAND of the people)
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To: Stoat

Welcome home.


12 posted on 06/25/2013 6:42:23 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul the usual suspects!)
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To: Stoat

Crew Chief Spec5 John L. Burgess

Welcome Home, Brother


13 posted on 06/25/2013 6:43:23 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Stoat
UH-1H Iroquois helicopter

I have never heard of that one so I looked it up. It's a dam Huey!

14 posted on 06/25/2013 6:44:53 PM PDT by chesty_puller (Viet Nam 1970-71 He who shed blood with me shall forever be my brother. Shak.)
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To: Stoat

Welcome home, soldier. Thank you for your service.


15 posted on 06/25/2013 6:49:29 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: Jane Long

I just sent this link to the Defence Department to our local talk station that covers Suttons Bay. Thanks for posting it.


16 posted on 06/25/2013 7:17:39 PM PDT by jimpick
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Don’t thank me...I’m not the one who posted. Thanks for sending the link out, though ;) This soldier deserves all the accolades possible.


17 posted on 06/25/2013 7:23:14 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: Stoat

Not to put a downer on this, but they didn’t find him, just declaring him accounted for through other evidence.


18 posted on 06/25/2013 7:27:34 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: jimpick; All
I just sent this link to the Defence Department to our local talk station that covers Suttons Bay. Thanks for posting it.

 

You're quite welcome, and thank you very much for doing that.  Hopefully they'll spread the word.

BTW, I found this DOD news release because I follow the Arlington National Cemetery twitter account, and it was they who tweeted out the information.

Twitter users can follow Arlington here:

https://twitter.com/ArlingtonNatl

 

 

19 posted on 06/25/2013 7:34:47 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat
I called this morning to ask if they recieved the email and they did not. So I sent it again and I will make sure they get it. They are a 50,000 watt station and when they air it it should be all over the northern half of Michigan and into Canada some. I expect it to hit the air in 1-2 hours.

We need to honor these fallen heros who’s families need to know we respect them and their sacrifice.

20 posted on 06/26/2013 6:14:20 AM PDT by jimpick
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To: jimpick
bumping your thoughts.

God bless the family...and Welcome Home, soldier.

21 posted on 06/26/2013 6:16:46 AM PDT by ZinGirl (kids in college....can't afford a tagline right now)
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