Heathcock Genealogy Database - Person Sheet
Heathcock Genealogy Database - Person Sheet
NameCol Howard B. Burris Jr. , 2C1R
Birth26 Apr 1918, Atascosa Co TX
Death3 Jan 2009, Washington DC1843 Age: 90
BurialArlington National Cemetery
FatherHoward Barrington Burris (1890-1962)
MotherVirginia Lee Lay (1891-1976)
Birth10 Mar 1925, Nasvarro Co TX
Death1 Jan 2011, Distict of Columbia Age: 85
BurialArlington National Cemetery
ChildrenHoward Lay (1950-)
Notes for Col Howard B. Burris Jr.
Colonel Howard Burris was Military Attache for President Lyndon Johnson. In some places his name is given as Howard Lay Burris.1845

The following is taken from a 1993 article by Richard Bartholomew which suggests various possible inconsistencies in the Warren Commission Report on the Kennedy assassination:1845

“Colonel Howard Burris retired in 1964 and has remained in private business and civilian life. Some personal information was learned from his resume (obtained by researcher Larry Haapanen from the LBJ Library), and a record from researcher Mary Ferrell's files. Burris was born near San Antonio on April 26, 1918 (Ferrell indicates April 18, 1926). He graduated from West Point in 1942. During World War II he commanded bomber units in England and France during two combat tours from 1943 to 1945. Ferrell lists him as "Deputy Commanding Officer" of the 386th Bombardment Bomber Group Ninth Air Force. From 1945 to 1949, Burris was Headquarters Commandant for the Continental Air Command; was assigned to staff support at the United Nations; and was involved in a "Special Mission to Government of Mexico." From 1950 to 1952 he was aide to Air Force Secretary Finletter, and became the executive officer to Air Force Secretary Talbott in 1953. From 1954 to 1957 he was attache to the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland. From 1957 to 1960 he served as International Liaison Officer, Department of the Air Force and was assigned to a special mission to Hungary, Poland, and the Soviet Union (1959). In 1961 he became Vice President Johnson's assistant for national security affairs. His foreign decorations were the Croix de Guerre (with Silver Star) from France; the Royal Order of the Sword from Sweden; and the Medal of Merit from Brazil.”

“His son, Howard Lay Burris, Jr. was married for a while to Princess Shahrazad Pahlbod, the niece of the late Shah of Iran -- attesting to the closeness of his father's relationship with former CIA director and former ambassador to Iran Richard Helms, who himself was a life-long friend of the late Shah. When they divorced in 1982 it was reported that "Everybody's still pally, in the Royal Manner."”
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