Monday, November 24, 2014

Medal of Honor Monday: Elmer J. Burr

"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."

From 1SG. Elmer J. Burr's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on October 11, 1943.

Thank you for your sacrifice and may you be at peace,

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