I wanted to learn more about Cpl. Burns after reading an excerpt from Tom Brokaw's book titled "Boom". Brokaw wrote a story about Army iLOT Nellie Coakley, who was a triage nurse at a MASH unit near Xuan Loc in February 1969 when she witnessed the violent deat of Cpl. Burns. "I was called up to triage and there was a young soldier on a gurney. I asked if there was anything I could do and they said, 'no, he's already dead. Nellie had been on duty for 11 months and knew the rules: Don't personalize things, don't read their dog tags. But for some reason, she could not resist. 'We would put a paper tag around their wrist, msort of like a luggage tag. I looked at that. His name was Richard Burns. I stroked his cheek, and I thought, my god, his mother doesn't even know he is dead yet. I wen t on duty that night, thinking Cpl. Burns was out of my life. He was with the 101st Abn. out of Phan Tiet, and we had a lot of caulaties from that area in my ward that night. Almost everyone was sleeping except for one soldier was was chain-smoking. I asked him if he was okay, and he said, well, this great guy from my unit got hit today and I was wondering how he was doing. I said, what's his name and I will find out for you. He said Richard Burns. I had to tell him Richard died. I could see him just lock down. He got very quiet and stiff. I said, if you need to cry, it's okay. Everyone is asleep. He cried and talked about Richard with me for a couple of hours." Cpl Burns had just over a month left in his tour when he was killed. He was on pulling perimeter guard in a bunker position at his LZ when the enemy launched a mortar attack. A mortar round landed directly on his bunker, seriously wounding him, mangling his legs. He died of his wounds 6 days later. His final resting place is at Montecito cemetery in San Bernardino, CA.