Time Does What War Couldn't
As time continues its inexorable march onward we lose men of
the 508th, friends and comrades all.
508er Dwayne Burns wrote a poem, which appears at right that was
the inspiration for his son Leland to describe Dwayne's passing as "his final
jump". Those words inspired us to request Leland's permission to label all
of these entries as the final jump made by each man
Records are in alphabetical order, by last name.
Click on a letter above to go to that portion of the list. Service periods
are indicated by WW2=World War II (1940's), KO=Korea (early 1950's), VN=Viet
Nam, OEF - Operation Enduring Freedom, GWT=Global War on Terrorism,, etc.
NOTE: We have gathered death notices and recorded
them here as one last sounding of Taps in their memory. Some entries have
been located on the Internet and will have clickable links but most notices were
merely extracted from the quarterly 508th newsletters.
That data was then cross-referenced against
the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) to expand upon names, dates and
However, entries for some individuals remain
incomplete due to their not receiving Social Security benefits or because
insufficient data was available to distinguish amongst multiple entries with
Shiny boots and silver
Now proudly stand where angels sing.
Airborne they were, and always will be
They died that others
might be free.
On wings like eagles we drifted down
Landing in fields, trees and town.
A legend was born that dark night
When the '508th' began the fight.
The price we paid was
We left so many good friends there.
When the great jump master says
Stand up, hook up, stand in the door,
We will all meet our buddies on Heaven's shore.
Dwayne T. Burns, 1996