Full Name: FRANKLIN IVAN JR BURRIS
Date of Birth: 7/10/1947
Date of Casualty: 8/9/1968
Home of Record: LARGO, FLORIDA
Branch of Service: MARINE CORPS
Casualty Country: SOUTH VIETNAM
Casualty Province: QUANG NAM
One fateful night, in August of 68,
our world was changed by a terrible twist of fate.
We lost my father in a land far away.
Not My Husband my mother screamed that day.
As tears began to fall and her chest began to rise,
she looked at her newborn baby with woeful eyes.
Never will she feel his kiss or touch again.
It broke her heart to the very end.
Thirty-three years later, we met some faithful men.
Come be a part of us and let us take you in.
Let us tell you of stories of a very brave man.
To whom we have never forgotten from that far off land.
He was brave and strong and we loved him so.
Let us tell you some stories of him before he had to go.
The peace these men have given to us today.
No words or expressions can ever say.
How thankful we our they came into our lives,
With their stories that allowed us to say our good-byes.
So, daddy, I want you to know,
That when it is my time to go,
At the gates of heaven you will be waiting for me,
and together at last we will finally be.
Elissa Burris McBride, For My Father
BURRIS, FRANKLIN I
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
- DATE OF BIRTH: 07/10/1947
- DATE OF DEATH: 08/09/1968
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 08/22/1968
- BURIED AT: SECTION 53 SITE 12
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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