Gordon H Birkner (1923 - 2004)

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Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery
Section 40 Site 79,
1520 Harry Wurzbach Road, San Antonio, Tx

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Hallettsville, Lavaca County, Texas

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Branch of service: Us Air Force
Rank attained: MSGT
Wars/Conflicts: World War Ii, Korea

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1923 - In the year that Gordon H Birkner was born, on September 1, an earthquake - the Great Kanto earthquake - destroyed one-third of Tokyo. Measuring 7.9 and with a reported duration of between 4 and 10 minutes, casualties totaled about 142,800 deaths, including about 40,000 who went missing and were presumed dead.

1929 - At the age of only 6 years old, Gordon was alive when American Samoa officially became a U.S. territory. Although a part of the United States since 1900, the Ratification Act of 1929 vested "all civil, judicial, and military powers in the President of the United States of America".

1932 - Gordon was merely 9 years old when on February 27th, actress Elizabeth Taylor was born in London. Her parents were Americans living in London and when she was 7, the family moved to Los Angeles. Her first small part in a movie was in There's One Born Every Minute in 1942 but her first starring role was in National Velvet in 1944. She became as famous for her 8 marriages (to 7 people) as she was for her beauty and films.

1960 - When he was 37 years old, on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

1980 - By the time he was 57 years old, on April 24th, a rescue attempt was begun in the Iranian Hostage Crisis. The attempt failed and 8 US servicemen were killed. Eight helicopters had been sent for the mission, but only 5 arrived in operating condition., Since the military had advised that the mission be aborted if there were fewer than 6 helicopters, President Carter stopped it. Upon leaving, a helicopter collided with a transport plane and the men were killed.

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Gordon H Birkner died on April 14, 2004 at 81 years old. There is no listed cause of death. He was buried in Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery Section 40 Site 79, San Antonio, Tx. He was born on February 4, 1923. We have no information about Gordon's family or relationships. We know that Gordon H Birkner had been residing in Hallettsville, Lavaca County, Texas.

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