Paul Edward Burgard

United States Marine Corps
06 May 1949 - 06 June 1968
Portland, Oregon
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Paul Edward Burgard

07 Apr 2008


by a friend,
Steve Markovich
23 Apr 2008

Marine Dies In Vietnam
A Portland Marine, Pfc. Paul Burgard, has been added to the growing list of American servicemen killed in action in Vietnam. His mother, Mrs. Phyllis E. Burgard, 6329 SE 68th Place, received word from the Defense Department last week that her son had been killed in combat Thursday 6 Jun (1968). His father, Sylvester Burgard, was recuperating from a leg amputation operation at the U. S. Veterans Hospital in Portland when he received word of his son's death. The parents are divorced. A 1967 graduate of Franklin High School, Burgard had enlisted in the Marine Corps in July, 1967. He received basic training at San Diego and combat training at Camp Pendleton CA.

Father visited
Pfc. Burgard was sent to Vietnam in late December. He had been home in May on emergency leave due to his father's surgery. He died 6 Jun [1968] when a helicopter in which he was riding was shot down by enemy fire near Quang Tri. He was born 6 May 1948, in Aberdeen SD, and came to Portland in 1954. He attended Atkinson Elementary School and had worked six years as a wholesalers shagger for the Oregonian and at Bazar Store. He is survived by his parents; two brothers, Douglas, 16, and Mark, 6; one sister Sehila, 13; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jake G. Olson, Britton, SD. A memorial service has been set for Wednesday, 19 June (1968), at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church.

(The Oregonian, Portland OR, 16 Jun 1968)

Courtesy of
Darilee Bednar

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A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 1st Bn, 4th Marines' Command Chronology for June 1968 contains the following paragraph:

The 06 June ground attack on Charlie and Delta Companies at Landing Zone LOON, which was 8 kilometers south-southeast of the Khe Sanh airfield, cost the lives of 13 Marines and sailors. Continuous mortar and 130mm artillery fire made LZ LOON untenable and a decision was made to evacuate the place. As noted in the exerpt, a CH-46 was shot down as it departed LZ LOON, killing another 13 Marines. Within an hour and a half, a search and recovery (SAR) team was inserted into the crash site. They were able to recover the bodies of eight men, but lacked the equipment needed to extract the other five men from the wreckage. Another effort later in June led to the recovery of another body, but four men had to be left entombed in the CH-46.

The 26 men killed in the actions at LZ LOON on 06 June were

  • C Company:
    • SSgt John K. Brazier, Baltimore, MD
    • LCpl Michael J. Kilderry, Philadelphia, PA
    • Pfc Melvin D. Langston, Valentine, NE
    • Pfc Eugene Wilson, Water Valley, MS (CH-46A 151940)

  • D Company:
    • LCpl Jack G. Enix, Lorain, OH
    • LCpl Jackie Frankenstein, Cincinnati, OH
    • LCpl Timothy J. Frazier, Cohoes, NY
    • LCpl William H. Parker, Rockville Centre, NY
    • LCpl Gary K. Roberts, Summerville, SC
    • LCpl Donald L. Smith, Ino, VA
    • Pfc Paul E. Burgard, Portland, OR (CH-46A 151940, recovered 06/30/1968)
    • Pfc Manuel Casares, Tehachapi, CA
    • Pfc Larry B. Reed, New Castle, PA

  • H&S Company:
    • Cpl William R. Ebright, Miamisburg, OH (CH-46A 151940)
    • HM3 Loren R. Millard, Marshfield, WI
    • LCpl Felix F. Flores, Los Angeles, CA (CH-46A 151940)
    • LCpl William E. Hannings, Lansdale, PA (CH-46A 151940)
    • LCpl Ralph L. Harper, Indianapolis, IN (CH-46A 151940, BNR)
    • HN James B. Howard, Bakersfield, CA (Corpsman w/ C/1/4)
    • LCpl Kurt E. La Plant, Lenexa, KS (CH-46A 151940, BNR)
    • LCpl Luis F. Palacios, Los Angeles, CA (CH-46A 151940, BNR)
    • LCpl Lawrence E. Porter, Dalton, OH (CH-46A 151940)
    • Pfc Catarino Morelos, Sanger, CA (CH-46A 151940)
    • Pfc Jose R. Sanchez, New York, NY (CH-46A 151940, BNR)
    • Pfc Donald S. Satter, Minneapolis, MN (CH-46A 151940)
    • Pfc Jonathan L. Stoops, Union City, IN (CH-46A 151940)

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a friend,
Steve Markovich

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 07 Apr 2008
Last updated 04/26/2008