LT Louis "Lou" Dassonville Burns was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 06/21/1971 at the age of 36.0 from A/C accident
Lewisburg, WV
Date of Birth 07/01/1935
Served in the U.S. Navy
Served in Vietnam with HA(L)-3 DET 5 in 69-70
Call sign in Vietnam SEAWOLF
This information was provided by Dan Arnes, HA(L)-3 roster

More detail on this person: Buried: Calvary United Methodist Church Cemetery, Lewisburg, Greenbrier Co., WV
Ref: Greenbrier Historical Society, Lewisburg District Cemetery Book (Lewisburg, WV).
Lou was at the bottom of the line with no other relatives listed beside him or under him (end of family line). All others above him were also deceased.

With SSDI information, I did an Awards search and found it was him:
First Name Last Name Appr Awd Date Merit Start Merit End Campaign
LOUIS BURNS AS 10-Feb-1970 01-Jan-1970 01-Mar-1970 - (Air Medal - Strike Flight)
LOUIS BURNS AF 21-Aug-1970 29-Mar-1970 29-Mar-1970 - (Air Medal - Individual Action)
LOUIS BURNS CV 21-Aug-1970 17-May-1970 17-May-1970 - (Navy Commendation Medal w/Combat V)
LOUIS BURNS CV 21-Aug-1970 27-May-1970 27-May-1970 - (Navy Commendation Medal w/Combat V)
LOUIS BURNS AF 21-Aug-1970 20-May-1970 20-May-1970 - (Air Medal - Individual Action)
LOUIS BURNS AF 19-Sep-1970 19-May-1970 19-May-1970 - (Air Medal - Individual Action)
LOUIS BURNS AS 10-Oct-1970 01-Jan-1970 01-Sep-1970 - (Air Medal - Strike Flight)
LOUIS BURNS AF 21-Nov-1970 25-Apr-1970 25-Apr-1970 - (Air Medal - Individual Action)
LOUIS BURNS AF 11-Mar-1971 03-May-1970 03-May-1970 - (Air Medal - Individual Action)

I was unable to confirm location or cause of death, and I don't know where the 1971 Oil Rig Helo Crash came from. He did not take the orders to NAS Lemoore, CA, but left the Navy instead after HA(L)-3. He died just over 8 months later on 21 Jun 1971. No information yet on the crash that killed him.

From: Dan Arnes as updated 2 March 2017

Burial information: Calvary United Methodist Church Cemetery in WV

This information was last updated 05/18/2016

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