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World War II - U.S. Army

Elmer J Burr

  • Rank: First Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company I, 127th Infantry,
    32d Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: December 24, 1942
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Buna, New Guinea
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.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Menasha, Winnebago County, Wisconsin
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: May 11, 1908, Neenah, Winnebago County, WI, United States
  • Died: December 24, 1942, Buna, New Guinea
  • Buried: Oak Hill Cemetery (Vet Sec.-163), Neenah, WI, United States

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