John Burgess

Army Of The United States
10 December 1946 - 18 April 1969
Cherokee, NC
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5th Cavalry Rgt

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Campaign, Vietnam Service

The database page for John Burgess


You are absolutely the best Indian I've ever known. Your fearlessness and fearsomeness was a badge of pride and honor that all soldiers could identify with. It was truly a mark left on my life as well as so many others, and I want everyone who visits this wonderful memorial to know that.

You probably know already that those that took your life paid a huge price later. We tracked them down and got revenge for what they did to you guys. But that wouldn't make you happy, you were a kind and gentle man, in actuality. And you are missed so much!! So much...

Peace to you, Chief, long and proud will your memory live. I promise you that.



The 3rd/5th Cavalry was dismounted in February, 1943, and re-organized under Infantry Tables of Organization and Equipment. It was re-organized wholly as Infantry in July, 1945, but retained its Cavalry designation. After Korea, the 3rd/5th Cavalry was de-activated in 1958. In 1966, it was activated for duty with the 9th Infantry Division "Old Reliables". Upon arrival, the Black Knights joined in the Division's first major contact of the war -- Operation Colby in 1967.

After the grim Tet attacks (1968), General Westmoreland reassigned Troops A, B and C, 3rd/5th Armored Cavalry to the DMZ to bolster armored firepower there.

The 9th Division unit was sent to Wunder Beach, 15 miles south of the DMZ, making it the northern-most 9th Division unit. For tactical purposes, the Cavalry units were under the operational control of I Corps. Unique is the fact that the bulk of the 9th Division remained in the Mekong Delta south of Saigon.

While the men wore the 9th Division patch, they fought with many other divisional elements in the northern provinces, including the 1st and 3rd Marine Divisions, the 5th Infantry Division, the 101st Airborne, and the 1st Air Cavalry.

A memorial from his Brother In Arms,
Doug Hallas 
11 May 2001

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