The POW/MIA (Prisoner of War/Missing in Action) program seeks the fullest accounting of those still listed as POW/MIA in Southeast Asia and anywhere else, regardless of the conflict from which they went missing or were captured. Currently Edmond Oklahoma has one MIA/POW.
Robert Wayne Burnes was born on January 27, 1941. He had enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, listing his home of record as Edmond Oklahoma. While serving in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War he attained the rank of first Lieutenant. Lieutenant Burnes was attached to 3rd Marine Amphibious Force, 1st MAW, Mag 11, VMFA 542. Lt. Burnes specialty with the Marines was FRD Basic EA 6A B Electronic Warfare Officer.
During his service in the Vietnam War, Marine Corps First Lieutenant Burnes experienced a traumatic event which ultimately resulted in loss of life on January 5, 1970. During that flight he was the navigator of a McDonnell Douglas Phantom II Fighter (F-4B) over Savanna khet, Laos. Official records show that he died through hostile action resulting in his aircraft crash landing.
His remains have never been recovered.
Citations Earned by Lt. Burns include: Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal
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