Burr, Elmer John, 1st Sgt

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Last Rank
First Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
566-Duty NCO
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1942, 1st Battalion, 127th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1928 - 1942

First Sergeant

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One Overseas Service Bar

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Neenah, Wisconsin
Last Address
New Guinea

Casualty Date
Dec 25, 1942
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Papua New Guinea
World War II
Location of Interment
Oak Hill Cemetery - Neenah, Wisconsin
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 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Congressional Medal Of Honor SocietyMedal of Honor RecipientsWorld War II FallenThe National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  1942, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society [Verified]
  1942, Medal of Honor Recipients [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1942, World War II Fallen
  1942, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Recoilless Rifle
Auto Rifle
Small Bore Pistol
Machine Gun

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry 1st Battalion, 127th Infantry Regiment
  1928-1942, HHC, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry
  1942-1942, 1st Battalion, 127th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Papua Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Buna-Gona
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

World War II Medal of Honor Recipient. He posthumously received the award on October 11, 1943 for his actions as a first sergeant in Company I, 127th Infantry Regiment, US Army on December 25, 1942 during the Buna Campaign in New Guinea during World War II. He joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard at age 20, serving in the 32nd Division. When it was federalized in 1940, he was discharged for being over the 28-year age limit but re-enlisted with his unit after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941, which brought the US into World War II. In 1942 he was sent to the Pacific Theater of Operations where he participated in training at Australia before being sent to New Guinea, and was killed in combat in Buna at the age of 34. 


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

Medal of Honor




Rank and organization: First Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company 1, 127th Infantry, 32d Infantry Division. Place and date: Buna, New Guinea, 24 December 1942. Entered service at: Menasha, Wis. Birth: Neenah, Wis. G.O. No.: 66, 11 Oct. 1943.


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.

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