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CMOHS.org - First Sergeant BURR, ELMER J., U.S. Army

Recipient Detail

 

BURR, ELMER J.

Rank: First Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company I
Division: 127th Infantry, 32d Infantry Division
Born: Neenah, Wis.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Menasha, Wis.
G.O. Number: 66
Date of Issue: 10/11/1943
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Buna, New Guinea, 24 December 1942
 
 


BURR, ELMER J. Photo
 
Citation

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.