From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Richard Burns, Jr. '68

Date of birth: October 15, 1945

Date of death: December 7, 1976

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1968 Lucky Bag:


From Aviation Safety:

Lieutenant Cdr. Richard Burns was Killed 7 Dec 1976 flying F-4J BuNo 153875 from the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43). Aircraft came down in the Western Pacific. RIO, Lt.JG M.Checchio, ejected safely and was rescued.

According to contemporary reports the F-4J suffered the loss of an afterburner on launch, and both crewmen ejected safely. Although the rescue helicopter was on scene 18 seconds later, by the time the SAR helcopter's rescue swimmer was in the water, the pilot was seen to have been dragged under the surface by his paracute.

The aircraft was owned by VF-191, but this Find A Grave posting indicates he was likely a member of CVW-15.

Class of 1968

Richard is one of 29 members of the Class of 1968 on Virtual Memorial Hall.