Hometown hero's name dedicated to Navy living

  • Dewey R. Burns Jr. of Miller Grove was the posthumous recipient of the Navy Cross and Purple Heart and namesake of a residential building at the Naval Aerospace and Regional Medical Center base in Pensacola, Florida.
    Dewey R. Burns Jr. of Miller Grove was the posthumous recipient of the Navy Cross and Purple Heart and namesake of a residential building at the Naval Aerospace and Regional Medical Center base in Pensacola, Florida.
  • This photograph of the then-new Bachelor Enlisted Quarters Burns Hall in 1976 appeared on the front of the building's dedication protocol program and named after Dewey R. Burns Jr. of Miller Grove for his bravery when killed in action in Vietnam. Courtesy
    This photograph of the then-new Bachelor Enlisted Quarters Burns Hall in 1976 appeared on the front of the building's dedication protocol program and named after Dewey R. Burns Jr. of Miller Grove for his bravery when killed in action in Vietnam. Courtesy
Dewey Ray Burns Jr. was killed in action in Quang Ngai Province in South Vietnam on Sept. 13, 1969. A graduate of Miller Grove High School, Burns enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July 1967 and was shipped to California in August. A few months later, he married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn (Garmon) Burns on May 25, 1968. “I knew the minute I met him … I knew right then that he was going to be…

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