Richard served as a Fireman, First Class in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was the son of William W. and Nellie Payne Burnett, living in Rochester, NY at the time of their son's death.
Richard was declared "Missing In Action" in the Pacific area during the war. His remains were not recovered. He was awarded a Purple Heart and is listed on his parents' burial monument in Riverview Cemetery, Old Forge, NY.
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