RICHARD F. BURNS, JR., LCDR, USN
Richard Burns, Jr. '68
Date of birth: October 15, 1945
Date of death: December 7, 1976
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.