Remains of Vietnam soldier from Suttons Bay identified
The Pentagon says it has accounted for a Leelanau County soldier whose helicopter was shot down during the Vietnam War.
The POW/Missing Personnel Office said Tuesday that Army Spc. 5 John L. Burgess of Suttons Bay was crew chief aboard the helicopter that crashed June 30, 1970. The UH-1H Iroquois was on a command and control mission in Binh Phuoc Province.
Three others aboard also died. They were 1st Lts. Leslie F. Douglas Jr. of Verona, Miss., and Richard Dyer of Central Falls, R.I.; and Sgt. 1st Class Juan Colon-Diaz of Comerio, Puerto Rico. Pfc. John Goosman survived.
The Pentagon says remains representing Burgess, Dyer and Colon-Diaz will be buried as a group in a single casket July 2, at Arlington National Cemetery.