Name: William David Burroughs
Rank/Branch: O4/United States Air Force, pilot
Unit: 15th TRS
Date of Birth: 29 SEPTEMBER 1932
Home City of Record: Indianhead MD
Date of Loss: 31 July 1966
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 180000 North 1030000East
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: RF101
Missions 98N  127T

Other Personnel in Incident: none

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews. 2020


SOURCE: WE CAME HOME  copyright 1977
Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor
P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602
Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and
spelling errors).
UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO

Colonel - United States Air Force
Shot Down: July 31, 1966
Released: March 4, 1973

DEAR AMERICA:   It's mighty nice to be home among friendly faces again. My
understanding of the reasons for your personal interest in us is slow in
coming, but among those many reasons I see a concern for those in need. This
affirmation of the brotherhood of man suggests an idea that forced itself
before me during these past years. There is almost nothing that you and I do
- whether we like it or not - nothing we do that does not affect someone
else. And even though the effect may be small, it can reach around the
world. Our intellectual, vocal, physical, emotional, and spiritual actions
and reactions have an effect on others. What we call our personal business
often has some effect on others - if only in the joy or sorrow we exude to
those near us. Cause and effect sometimes operate in unforeseen ways. The
lesson I draw from this human condition says: consider well that
well-intentioned actions can produce a negative effect, sometimes on those
unknown to us.

One more comment before my sermon is done: The terms of sacrifice are
uncertain. Those who have died have given their lives; those left behind
have given that life and continue to give themselves in small and large ways
each day. We can only sense and understand at best the effect. We cannot
feel it. The sacrifice of those left here is anguish, lessened in some by
their acceptance of the reasons for sacrifice, heightened in others because
it is an involuntary thing. The effect of those lost lives is not only
far-reaching, but deep beyond fathoms. Those who had lost a husband, father,
or son, but now have him returned have also suffered that anguish. What
remains is a hope that all of those left here by the men who died will have
a rebirth for themselves.

If these words make sense, then let them be a tribute to those people who
suffer from uncertainty and loss, and resolve to consider your effect upon
them in showing your care.

William Burroughs retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel.
He and his wife Connie were married February 28, 1998. Seven children, (3
hers, 4 his) and seven grandchildren were among family present for the
celebration. They resided in Arizona, until Dave's sudden death on March 22,
1999. He had emergency surgery on Monday, 3/15, for an aneurysm.  Things
were going well until another aneurysm ruptured. His wife stated "Please
send prayers for this wonderful man.  I know he's in heaven tonight and more
comfortable than any of us.  God bless you all."


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