Rank and Name, Lieutenant Junior Grade Donald “Gopher” Munro Burnside.
Unit/Placed in, Fighter Squadron 81 (VF-81), embarked from the USS Wasp (CV-18) Carrier, United States Naval Reserve.
Donald is born approx. on 29 August 1921 in Malden, Massachusetts.
Father, Howard Leroy Burnside.
Mother, Helen Ruth (Hook) Burnside.
Spouse, Mildred Gloria Burnside.
Donald enlisted the service in Rhode Island with service number # 0-306164.
Donald died when he came back from the Striking Operations at Luzon, he got engine trouble and crashed near the USS Wasp on 6 January, 1945, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.
Donald is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.
Walls of the missing.
Donald also has a Memorial Grave at Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA.
Thanks to, https://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cvg81-45/index.html
Jean Louis Vijgen, ww2-Pacific.com and Europe 1940-1945 on Facebook.
Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.
ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov
Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/ Geoffrey Roecker
Seabees History Bob Smith https://seabeehf.org/
Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org
POW Info, http://www.mansell.com Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.
Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano
Navy Seal Memorial, http://www.navysealmemorials.com
Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org
Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org
Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com
Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/