John Francis Burnes

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John Francis Burnes
Born 1883
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
Rank Captain
Battles/wars World War I
*Battle of Belleau Wood
Awards Distinguished Service Cross

John Francis Burnes (1883 – June 12, 1918) was an officer in the United States Marine Corps during World War I.


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.

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.[1]