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Burnside, Donald Munro

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

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/

Attack Squadron 81 (VF-81)
Donald 'Gopher' Munro Burnside
His rank Lieutenant Junior Grade
Naval Aviator Badge
USS Wasp (CV-18) Carrier
VF-81 Squadron Pilots