He was assigned to the 614th TFS out of Phan Rang. While on a mission in F-100D (#562937) his aircraft was hit by gunfire and crashed. Buerk was Declared Dead while Missing.
He was posthumously given the rank of Major.
MAJOR Buerk was never recovered. He is memorialized at the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. William is honored on the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington DC. Name inscribed at VVM Wall, Panel 04w, Line 118.