Dear Family Members:
I don't know if you remember me but as kids we played togather when you came to visit your grandparents in Arlington Minn. When I first heard of Chic being the pilot of the plane that hit the pentagon I had a very terrible feeling inside of me. I know Chic would have fought every one of them before he let them take over the plane. I just want to say I am very proud of Chic and am grateful I personally knew him. God Bless everyone and take care! Hope to see some of your family again.
Robert L. Crouse Junior
To the Burlingame Family I would like
to extend my condolences for the loss of your loved one 9-11-01. The memory I would like to share with
you is that I knew LT Burlingame when he was an officer with VF-103 NAS OCEANA and aboard CV-60 USS SARATOGA.
Please excuse if I am wrong in recalling, was his call name "Chip" ?
Was that LT Kennedy in the photo with him on CNN ? Those NAVY Pilot's are the greatest...
Sincerely, Robert L. Crouse Jr.
CYNTHIA A. MCGUIRE
I WEAR THE BRACELET OF CAPT. BURLINGAME. DURING MY DAY OF WORK I LOOK DOWN OR IT CATCHES MY EYE AND IT IS AN IMMEDIATE SIGNAL OF PRAYER FOR HIM. IT COMES FROM MY HEART AND I HAVE A MOMENT OF SOLITUDE. I THINK OF ALL THOSE HE GUARDED IN HIS CHARGE ABOARD AA FLIGHT #77 THAT FATEFUL MORNING. WHAT HE MUST HAVE BEEN THINKING AND FEELING. PERHAPS A CLEAN, CRISP DAY OF DEPOSITING HIS CHARGES AT THEIR DESTINATION AND DINNER AT HOME WITH THE FAMILY LATER.
A RESPONSIBLE MAN WITH THE BEST OF INTENTIONS. A MAN TO BE RESPECTED AND REVERED FOR ALL HE HAD ACCOMPLISHED IN HIS FIFTY ONE YEARS.
FOR ALL HE HAD DONE FOR OUR COUNTRY IN SERVICE TO OUR FREEDOM THE SAD IRONY THAT HE SHOULD PERISH STILL IN CHARGE AND GUARDING THOSE ABOARD HIS AIRCRAFT. ONCE AGAIN, DUTY CALLED AND HE ANSWERED THE CALL. I HAVE NOTHING BUT THE UTMOST ADMIRATION AND RESPECT FOR CAPT. BURLINGAME. I WISH I HAD KNOWN HIM OR EVEN MET HIM.
I BELIVE HE WAS "CHOSEN" TO FLY THAT TRIP THAT MORNING AS FLIGHT #77 WAS A SPECIAL FLIGHT. ALL ABOARD HER HAD MADE A SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION TO OUR LOVE OF PEACE, KNOWLEDGE, AND THE FREEDOM WE ALL HOLD SO DEAR AND ENJOY.
I CAN'T HELP BUT WONDER WHAT WENT THROUGH HIS MIND, WHAT HIS LAST THOUGHT WAS....PERHAPS FEELING HELPLESS THAT HE COULDN'T GET HIS PASSENGERS OFF FIRST AND THEN "GO"...I KNOW HE KNEW HE HAD NO CHOICE BUT LOOKED INTO THE FACE OF GOD AND GAVE IT TO THE LORD..COMMITTING HIMSELF AS WELL.
YOU DID DO IT RIGHT, CAPTAIN. YOU DID DO IT RIGHT AND WE WILL ALL MISS YOU. ALL OF YOUR CREW AND PASSENGERS ARE MISSED BY SO MANY. WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU. WE WILL PRAY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. NEW MEXICO IS A DISTANCE FROM VIRGINIA, BUT THERE IS NO DISTANCE IN PRAYER.
I am praying for the people regarding Arlington National Cemetery to reconsider and let Charles rest in peace in the honor that he deserves. His sister Debra holds alot of stregnth and courage but most of all love, to persue this situation. I will be praying for the family's success. (As well as writing to the proper people to support this request)