Robert Burciaga

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
06 August 1942 - 06 April 1966
Los Angeles, California
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Robert Burciaga

28 Jan 2003

Robert and I were on patrol,
stopped for just a little while,
and finishing a game of 'Hearts',
when Robert Burciaga gave his life for me.

He took all the force from the blast of a Vietcong home made mine.
He was a "MARINE" in the true sense of the word.
I had not served with him for long.
Just like all the rest of us who were in Vietnam,
there for awhile and then gone,
some home, others just gone.
Robert was a pleasure to be around
and has been in my thoughts ever since.

To anyone who might have known Robert, relative or friend,
I would like to hear from you,
since I was the last Marine to see him alive.

From a friend and fellow Marine,
Jerry L. Thompson

09 Jun 2005

I met Robert Burciaga in late June 1964 at MCRD San Diego. We were in the same training platoon (358). While in Receiving Barracks we got into a little tussell and he almost knocked me through a window. I learned that he had fought Golden Gloves boxing. He didn't hold a grudge and we got along after that. I was sorry to see his name on the wall.


From a fellow recruit,
Larry Cummings
Former Sgt USMC 5th and 11th Marines Nam 66-67

Robert Burciaga,
Private First Class, USMC,
was buried on 15 Apr 1966 in Plot D-0-1716,
Fort Bliss National Cemetery,
Fort Bliss, Texas,
among other men of courage and integrity.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend and fellow Marine,
Jerry L. Thompson
28 Jan 2003

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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