BURNES, ROBERT WAYNE
Name: Robert Wayne Burnes Rank/Branch: 02/United States Marine Corps, aircrew Unit: Date of Birth: 27 January 1941 Home City of Record: Edmond OK Date of Loss: 05 January 1970 Country of Loss: Laos Loss Coordinates:164658 North 1060459 East Status (in 1973): Killed in Action/Body not Recovered Category: 3 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4B, tail # 152283 Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Larry Robinson, KIA/BNR 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. REMARKS: Larry Robinson was 32 years old, a 14 year Marine Corps veteran when the F4B he was piloting crashed near Savannakhet, 5 miles northwest of Sepone. Both Robinson and his backseater, 1 Lt Robert Burnes, were declared killed in action, body not recovered. Burnes is listed among the missing because his body was never recovered. He is among nearly 600 Americans who were lost in Laos during U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia. Although the Pathet Lao stated on several occasions they held "tens of tens" of American prisoners, Laos was not included in the agreements ending American involvement in the war, and the U.S. has not negotiated for the freedom of these men since that day. Consequently, not one American held in Laos has ever been released. His wife still waits for answers. Nearly 2500 Americans remain missing or otherwise unaccounted for in Vietnam. Since the war ended, over 10,000 reports concerning missing Americans in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. Government. Many experts are completely convinced that hundreds of Americans are still held captive. Are we doing enough to bring these men home?