Currently there are nearly 82,000 Americans still officially listed as Missing In Action from World War II onwards. The Veterans of Foreign Wars will not rest on the mission of accounting for as many of these heroes as possible. The VFW remains to this day the only veterans service organization to return to southeast Asia every year since 1991, Russia since 2004, and China for nearly a decade. So although the number of still unaccounted for is staggering, the Veterans of Foreign Wars will continue to keep boots on the ground to bring them home.
 Born: January 27, 1941 Rush Springs, Oklahoma
Death: January 5, 1970 Laos, Tay Ninh Province
Cause: Hostile, Killed in Action
First Lieutenant Robert Wayne Burnes remains the only MIA/POW from Edmond, Oklahoma. 
Attached to III Marines Amphibious Force, 1st MAW, MAG 11, VMFA 542. While serving during the Vietnam War, First Lieutenant Burnes was the Navigator of a McDonnell Douglas Phantom II Fighter (F-4B) over Savannakhat, Laos when the aircraft crashed killing him. His remains have not been recovered.
For more information about 1st Lt. Burnes, please click below as his story needs to be heard. Our VFW Post 4938's website has an in depth telling of 1st Lt. Burnes', story as well as information about what happened following the incident resulting in what is believed at this time to have caused 1st Lt. Burnes his life while defending our country. 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) is an agency within the the U.S. Department of Defense whose mission is to recover American military personnel listed as Prisoners of War or Missing in Action while in designated conflicts in countries around the world. Their website is continuously updated with news and updates about their efforts as well as their progress towards bringing the listed personnel back home. By simply clicking the button below, you will be directed to their website so you too can learn about everything they are doing. 



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