Burr, Elmer J.

Date of birth:
May 11th, 1908 (Neenah/Wisconsin, United States)
Date of death:
December 24th, 1943 (Buna/Oro Province, Papua New Guinea)
Buried on:
American War Grave Oak Hill
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
1st Sergeant
Unit:
Company I, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division "Red Arrow", U.S. Army
Awarded on:
October 11th, 1943
Action:
"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty. During an attack near Buna, New Guinea, on 24 December 1942, 1st Sgt. Burr saw an enemy grenade strike near his company commander. Instantly and with heroic self-sacrifice he threw himself upon it, smothering the explosion with his body. 1st Sgt. Burr thus gave his life in saving that of his commander."
Details:
Awarded posthumously.
Medal of Honor - Army (MoH)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Action:
Received with the clasps "PISTOL", "RIFLE" and "MACHINEGUN".
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Sources

  • Photo 1: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Photo: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • - Jordan, Kenneth N., Yesterday’s Heroes – 433 men of World War II awarded the Medal of Honor 1941-1945, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., USA, 1996
    - Blakeley, H.W., The 32nd Infantry Division – In world War II, The Battery Press, Nashville, USA, 2000
    - U.S. Army Center of Military History
    - John "J-Cat" Griffith

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