John Allan Burleson

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
27 October 1947 - 22 October 1968
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for John Allan Burleson

15 Jan 1999

Just a little over thirty years ago and it still seems like yesterday.

Martin H. Wilson

09 June 2005

Almost 37 years have passed but it still seems like yesterday. I tried to keep my promise but I failed. I will take that to the grave with me.

God bless you, John.

Martin H Wilson
RVN parts of 1966, 67, 68 and 69
Laos Jun 70 to Jan 72
4508 Aspen Drive, Killeen TX 76542

04 Jul 2007

In a booth at Chris' Restaruant across the street from Tulsa Central High School, sat a group of kids. I was one of those kids, and another was John Burleson!

One couldn't sit in that booth without appreciating his warm personality, great smile, and good looks!

I consider myself fortunate to have spent those carefree days in his company!

My heart goes out to his family, friends, and to his best friend, who lost so much on that dreadful day.

I plan to make a scrapbook page for myself, in his memory.

God Bless John, and God Bless you all!

From a friend,
Dodie (Pittman) Newman
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A Note from The Virtual Wall

Three men from 1/16 Infantry were killed in action on 22 Oct 1968:
  • SP4 John A. Burleson, Tulsa, OK, A Company;
  • SP4 Anthony J. Belletti, Bethlehem, PA, B Company; and
  • SP4 Benigno Rivera-Galarza, New York, NY, HQ Company.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his best friend,
Martin H. Wilson
4508 Aspen Drive, Killeen TX 76542

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 15 Jan 1999
Last updated 02/16/2008