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Burden Hastings '33

Date of birth: August 1, 1910

Date of death: December 27, 1941

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1933 Lucky Bag:

Burden was a member of the Fencing Team.


Burden was lost when his PBY-4 Catalina patrol bomber was shot down during an air raid on Jolo, Philippines, on December 27, 1941. He was commanding officer of Patrol Squadron (VP) 101.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He is buried in Nebraska (his remains were repatriated in 1952).

Burden became naval aviator #5172 in 1937.

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Burden Robert Hastings, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Commander of a Navy Patrol Plane and Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron ONE HUNDRED ONE (VP-101), Patrol Wing TEN (PatWing-10), in action against enemy Japanese naval forces located near Jolo, in the Philippine Islands, on the morning of 27 December 1941. Pressing home his attack in the face of overwhelming air and anti-aircraft opposition, Lieutenant Hastings led his formation, maneuvering his bombers to pass clear of lower clouds until the objective was reached and they had dropped their bombs, inflicting heavy damage upon several enemy war and merchant ships. Lieutenant Hastings' outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 304 (July 1942)
Action Date: 27-Dec-41
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Patrol Squadron 101 (VP-101)
Division: Patrol Wing 10


USS Burden R. Hastings (DE 19) was named for Burden.

Class of 1933

Burden is one of 37 members of the Class of 1933 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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