John Francis Burnes
|John Francis Burnes|
Binghamton, New York
|Died||June 12, 1918 (aged 34–35)|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1904 - 1918|
|Battles/wars||World War I
*Battle of Belleau Wood
|Awards||Distinguished Service Cross|
Born in Binghamton, New York, Burnes joined the Marine Corps in 1904. Shortly before World War I, he was appointed machine gunner, and commissioned June 1917. He was sent to France, where his gallant service in battle was recognized by the Distinguished Service Cross. "In the attack on the Bois de Belleau June 12, 1918 he was badly wounded but completed disposition of his platoon under violent fire. The injuries which he sustained in the performance of this self-sacrificing duty later caused his death."
The destroyer USS John Francis Burnes (DD-299) was named for him.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
- US Marine Corps Distinguished Service Cross Recipients - WWI, Home of Heroes.com. (MS Word document)
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