|Rank||Lieutenant U.S. Navy|
|Date of Death||July 2 1953|
National Defense Service Medal
Lieutenant Burchfield was awarded the National Defense Service Medal.
Lieutenant Burchfield was a crew member of a PBM-5S Mariner patrol bomber with Patrol Bomber Squadron 42, based at the Naval Air Station Adak, Alaska. On July 2, 1953, there was a fire and the aircraft made a forced landing in fog. It crashed at sea killing 12 crewmen.