BURNS, Thomas J.

From Islapedia

BURNS, Thomas Joseph, Jr. (1924-1977), goat hunter killed in a fall at San Clemente Island on January 4, 1977. He was 28 years old and a U.S. Air Force sergeant who had served in Vietnam. Burns is buried at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, San Diego.

In the News~

January 6, 1977 [LAT]: “Navy searchers found the body of Thomas J. Burns, Jr., 28, of San Diego at the base of a 300-foot sea cliff near the southern tip of San Clemente Island after he failed to return from a goat-hunting expedition. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Burns, a temporary employee of the Naval Undersea Center on theisland, and a San Diego State College graduate, apparently fell accidentally. He was hunting goats as part of a Natural Resource Management Project effort to restore the island to its natural ecological condition.”