b. 14/01/1870 Worcester, Massachusetts. d. ?
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 20/06/1900 Tientsin, China.
Burnes was born January 14, 1870, in Worcester, Massachusetts, and enlisted into the Marine Corps from Mare Island, California on June 9, 1898. After entering the Marine Corps he was sent as a private to China to fight in the Boxer Rebellion.
He was serving in Tientsin, China, on June 20, 1900, and along with three other Marines crossed a river in a small boat under heavy enemy fire to destroy several buildings that were occupied by hostile forces. For his actions that day he received he Medal of Honor on March 22, 1902. He was discharged from the Marine Corps on March 20, 1905, in Bremerton, Washington.
In action against the enemy at Tientsin, China, 20 June 1900. Crossing the river in a small boat with 3 other men while under a heavy fire from the enemy, Burnes assisted in destroying buildings occupied by hostile forces.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.