The following letter was
sent to all of the 187th AHC members on the 187th AHC
net. I was so impressed with Sue's letter that I wanted
everyone to get a chance to read it. Sue is the
Wife of Joe Burns, our former commander.
all the members of the 187th AHC;
Thank you so much for these words Sue.
- Today, August 10th, 1997, is our 40th wedding
anniversary! And I see this as an occasion to thank
you for all you did that insured my husband, Joe Burns
(Rat 6, Blackhawk 5 & Blackhawk 6) a safe return to
me and to our family.
I have often heard Joe talk about your ability, your
courage, your steadfastness, your skill, your
camaraderie, your devotion to duty, your faithfulness to
the unit and the mission, your loyalty to one another;
the pride of men in a job well done. For those of
you that Joe served with during from February 1967 to
February 1968, you deserve much honor.
In spite of the fact that Joe (and all of you) returned
to a nation that did not understand or appreciate all you
had done, he came home not only physically safe, but he
also returned to me in a healthy emotional state.
And that was because he was proud to have served
with such a great group of men - he was proud to be part
of the 187th. He talks of that time with almost an
awe in his voice as he tells others that it was best time
of his life in the military. Because of you.
And I thank you. You helped make our 40 years
And I thank the living God who put Joe in the 187th and
who worked through all of you.
Most sincerely and with much love and gratitude,