Spec Reginald Wayne Burris

Spec Reginald Wayne Burris

Ellendale, Sussex County, Delaware, USA
Death 19 Aug 1969 (aged 21)
Bình Phước, Vietnam
Burial Lincoln, Sussex County, Delaware, USA
Memorial ID 46059995 · View Source
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Specialist Forth Class Reginald Wayne Burris, age 20, was from Ellendale, Delaware.

He served with the 81st QM Plt, 29th GS Grp, Army Spt Cmd Saigon, 1st Log Cmd, USARV as a Laundry And Bath Specialist.

Reginald was "Killed In Action" by "friendly fire" in the Binh Long Province, South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

He was decorated with the Purple Heart.

Reginald is honored on Panel 19W, Row 66 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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Story about what happened to cause his death:

At 1:35 AM on August 19, 1969, the base camp of Headquarters, 3rd Brigade, U.S. 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), at a landing zone near Quan Loi in Binh Long Province, RVN, received a ground probe from an unknown-size enemy force using small arms and automatic weapons. The troopers fired back with unit weapons and were supported by artillery, helicopter gunships, and tanks from an element of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment collocated at the camp.

At 2:00 AM, the enemy withdrew. Their losses were unknown.

During the action, a Sheridan tank accidently fired on an American bunker near the northwest perimeter of the base. The discharged projectile was an anti-personnel “beehive” round which fires hundreds of tiny razor-sharp darts. Nine troopers were killed in the incident and another five were wounded.

The lost Americans were:

Ashnault, Raymond J. ~ SP4, NJ
Burris, Reginald W. ~ SP4, DE
Cruz-Lebron, Gaspar ~ Pfc, PR
Dawson, William J. ~ Sgt, CA
Kolwyck, John A. ~ SP4, TN
Miller, Jimmie ~ SP4, MS
Mobus, Joseph P. ~ PVT, NJ
Solomon, Robert G. ~ SP4, NJ
Sparks, Paul A. ~ PFC


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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 28 Dec 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 46059995
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Spec Reginald Wayne Burris (18 Jan 1948–19 Aug 1969), Find a Grave Memorial no. 46059995, citing Old Hickory Cemetery, Lincoln, Sussex County, Delaware, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .