Burris, Tony Kenneth, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1745-Rifle Platoon or Squad Leader
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1950-1951, 1745, 3rd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1950 - 1951

Sergeant First Class



One Overseas Service Bar


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Home State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Year of Birth
1929
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Blanchard, Oklahoma
Last Address
Near Mundung-ni, Korea

Casualty Date
Oct 09, 1951
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Korea
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Blanchard Cemetery - Blanchard, Oklahoma
Wall/Plot Coordinates
35.1591, -97.65226

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord 2nd Infantry Division


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Congressional Medal Of Honor SocietyMedal of HonorKorean War FallenThe National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  1951, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1951, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1951, Korean War Fallen
  1951, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award


 
 Unit Assignments
3rd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment
  1950-1951, 1745, 3rd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1951 Korean War
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War as a Sergeant First Class in Company L, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near Mundung-ni, Korea on October 8 and 9, 1951. 


   
Comments/Citation

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The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
to

*BURRIS, TONY K.

Rank and organization: Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, Company L, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division. Place and date: vicinity of Mundung-ni, Korea 8 and 9 October 1951. Entered service at: Blanchard, Okla. Birth: Blanchard, Okla. G.O. No.: 84, 5 September 1952.

Citation:

Sfc. Burris, a member of Company L, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty. On 8 October, when his company encountered intense fire from an entrenched hostile force, Sfc. Burris charged forward alone, throwing grenades into the position and destroying approximately 15 of the enemy. On the following day, spearheading a renewed assault on enemy positions on the next ridge, he was wounded by machinegun fire but continued the assault, reaching the crest of the ridge ahead of his unit and sustaining a second wound. Calling for a 57mm. recoilless rifle team, he deliberately exposed himself to draw hostile fire and reveal the enemy position. The enemy machinegun emplacement was destroyed. The company then moved forward and prepared to assault other positions on the ridge line. Sfc. Burris, refusing evacuation and submitting only to emergency treatment, joined the unit in its renewed attack but fire from hostile emplacement halted the advance. Sfc. Burris rose to his feet, charged forward and destroyed the first emplacement with its heavy machinegun and crew of 6 men. Moving out to the next emplacement, and throwing his last grenade which destroyed this position, he fell mortally wounded by enemy fire. Inspired by his consummate gallantry, his comrades renewed a spirited assault which overran enemy positions and secured Hill 605, a strategic position in the battle for "Heartbreak Ridge," Sfc. Burris' indomitable fighting spirit, outstanding heroism, and gallant self-sacrifice reflect the highest glory upon himself, the infantry and the U.S. Army.

   
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