Michael Paul Burns

Sergeant First Class
Army of the United States
25 April 1947 - 27 October 1978
El Paso, Texas
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign


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26 Jan 2005

I only knew Michael through his sister, Carolyn, with whom I went to high school. Hearing her talk about her brother made me even more aware of our POW/MIA's and what happened in Viet Nam. I've worn his bracelet for 11 years now. I'm still hoping and praying that he will come home soon.

Emmary Nicholson

31 Jul 2007

My name is Samantha and I am 10 years old. Last week my grandmother MiMi Madeline and I went to the Viet Nam Wall in Washington, DC. I wore Michael's bracelet in Washington and MiMi always lets me wear it when I go to her house. She wore his bracelet when she was a little girl. I have a picture of me rubbing Michael's name on a piece of paper. Mrs. Marianne, Mr. Bob, MiMi Madeline and I held hands and we said a prayer for ALL the names on the stone walls.

Samantha Olivia Lind

Notes from The Virtual Wall

Captain Dennis P. Neal, SP4 Michael P. Burns, and four indigenous troops were conducting a reconnaissance patrol in Laos. After completing their mission, the team successfully moved to a pre-briefed location in the rugged jungle covered mountains near Highway 912, just west of the Lao/South Vietnamese border. They set up a security perimeter and waited for extraction helicopters to arrive.

Before the extraction, the patrol was attacked by North Vietnamese forces. A B-40 rocket explosion killed two of the indigenous troops, severely wounded both Neal (chest) and Burns (head), and inflicted lesser injuries on the other two troops. Believing Neal and Burns to be dead or near death, the two survivors took an emergency radio and moved out to escape the area.

The two were successfully extracted and search forces inserted. Although the search forces located the site of the firefight, no sign of Neal or Burns was found. Since there was no positive evidence of their deaths, both men were placed in MIA status.

On 27 Oct 1978 the Secretary of the Army approved a Presumptive Finding of Death for now-SFC Burns. As of 19 May 2002, neither Neal's nor Burns' remains have been repatriated.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
one who wears his MIA bracelet,
Emmary Nicholson

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 28 Jan 2005
Last updated 03/07/2008