Bob Burnand

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Awarded the Navy Cross medal for the attempted rescue of Lt Deane Woods, USN - 12-14 October 1966

1966 Cruisebook photo Bob in 2009

9 October 1966 attempted rescue of Lcdr Charles Tanner and Lt Ross Terry, VF-154

Read rescue synopsis 1 - Navy Cross Medal

Read rescue synopsis 2 - Navy Cross Medal

Read Bob's Navy Cross Citation

Ream Echo article about the Award Ceremony where Bob's crew were presented their various medals - 7 April 1967

L to R: Jerry Adams, Bob, Bill Waechter, Andy Anderson, and Leon Houglum at Ream Field - date unknown
SAR Det C pilots reunited on the USS Intrepid (CVA-11)  after the loss of Indian Gal 69 on a Shining Brass mission deep in NVN - L to R; Back Row: Ross Mordhorst, Buck Carlton, Vern Von Sydow, Bob, Doug Heggie, Vann Goodloe, Bill Roy, Ed Marsyla - Front Row: Tom May, Leon Houglum, Bill Medley and Dave Murphy
Read more about the efforts to rescue Deane Woods as described in "Leave No Man Behind - the Saga of Combat Search and Rescue" by George Galdorisi and Tom Phillips. This excerpt used with the gracious permission of the authors. The book can be ordered from and many other book sellers.
Read Steve Caple's recollection of the rescue attempt
Deane Woods (right center) with other participants of the panel discussion "Valiant Rescue Attempt: North Vietnam" at the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation's 2009 Symposium.
bulletOrder a DVD of the 2009 Symposium panel discussion "Valiant Rescue Attempt: North Vietnam" by calling the Naval Aviation Museum store at 1-800 247 6289. Ask for Session II.

Updated: 04/03/11