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 Louis Dassonville “Lou” Burns, III

Louis Dassonville “Lou” Burns, III

Birth
Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, West Virginia, USA
Death 24 Jun 1971 (aged 35)
Gretna, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial Richlands, Greenbrier County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 96674692 · View Source
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LT Lou Burns was a decorated Navy Vietnam helicopter pilot attached to Helicopter Attack (Light) Squadron Three, HA(L)-3 Seawolves attached to Det 5 from 1969-1970 where he was awarded 5 Individual Action Air Medals, 12 Strike/Flight Air Medals, and 2 Navy Commendation Medal w/Combat V, among other awards.

We had information that Lou was killed approximately 8 months after returning from Vietnam in a helicopter oil rig crash. It appears he hit a power line coming back over land and crashed into the Mississippi River near Gretna, LA.
He had orders to NAS PT. MUGU, CA at the time, but left the Navy instead.

Also appears he was prior Air Force Enlisted:
Beneficiary Identification Records Locator Subsystem (BIRLS) Death File. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Name:Louis Burns
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 1 Jul 1935
Death Date:24 Jun 1971
SSN: XXX-XX-XXXX [this is his ssn]
Branch 1: AF ???????
Enlistment Date 1:17 Aug 1954
Release Date 1: 16 Aug 1958


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  • Created by: Dan Arnes
  • Added: 7 Sep 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 96674692
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Louis Dassonville “Lou” Burns, III (1 Jul 1935–24 Jun 1971), Find A Grave Memorial no. 96674692, citing Calvary Methodist Church Cemetery, Richlands, Greenbrier County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Dan Arnes (contributor 47630541) .