Arlington burial for Mich. soldier dead in Vietnam

John Burgess/ photo

A northern Michigan soldier whose helicopter was shot down during the Vietnam War has been buried with his crewmates at Arlington National Cemetery.

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 remains representing Burgess, Dyer and Colon-Diaz were buried as a group in a single casket Tuesday.