From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Michael Burns '64

Date of birth: February 21, 1942

Date of death: March 29, 1967

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1964 Lucky Bag:


From the May 1967 issue of Shipmate.

From the May 1967 issue of Shipmate:

Lt.(jg) Michael F. Burns, USN, died on 29 March when the helicopter he was co-piloting crashed in the Atlantic Ocean following a takeoff from the carrier Essex off Quonset Point, R. I. Services for him and the two other men killed in the training accident were held at the Quonset Point Naval Air Station Chapel on 1 April. Interment with military honors was held for Lt. Burns in Arlington National Cemetery.

Lt. Burns, who was born in Mineola, N. Y., was graduated from the Naval Academy in 1964. As a midshipman he played tackle on the football team. He was assigned to a training squadron at Ellyson Field, Pensacola, where he received his wings in February 1966. While at Pensacola he played football with the base football team, the Goshawks.

He was assigned to Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 9 as a helicopter pilot at Quonset Point, and last October was sent to the Ascension Islands to participate in a practice recovery of an American space capsule. He received a citation for his participation.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Patricia McClary Burns, and a young son, Michael Francis Burns III; his parents; a brother, Brian, and three sisters: Mrs. Gwendilyn Sturzenberger, Mrs. Gail Plafcan, and Susan Burns.

Mike is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Michael is one of 25 members of the Class of 1964 on Virtual Memorial Hall.