Burr, Herbert Hoover, S/Sgt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Armor
Last Primary MOS
736-Tank Driver
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1945, 736, 11th Armored Division
Service Years
1941 - 1945

Staff Sergeant


One Service Stripe



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Missouri
Missouri
Year of Birth
1920
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Burr, Herbert Hoover (MOH), S/Sgt.
 
Contact Info
Home Town
Saint Joseph, Missouri
Last Address
Independence, Missouri

Date of Passing
Feb 08, 1990
 
Location of Interment
Mount Washington Cemetery - Independence, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Unknown

 Official Badges 

Honorably Discharged WW II Honorable Discharge Emblem (WWII)


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Congressional Medal Of Honor SocietyMedal of Honor
  1945, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1945, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He received the award from US President Harry S. Truman on August 23, 1945 in the East Room of the White House (along with 27 other World War II recipients), Washington DC, for his actions as a staff sergeant in Company C, 41st Tank Battalion, 11th Armored Division, US Army, on March 19, 1945, near Dorrmoschel, Germany during the final stages of World War II in Europe. He was born September 13, 1920 in St. Joseph, Missouri and died in Independence, Missouri at the age of 69. In addition to the Medal of Honor, he also received the World War II Victory Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and the American Campaign Medal. His Medal of Honor citation reads: "He displayed conspicuous gallantry during action when the tank in which he was bow gunner was hit by an enemy rocket, which severely wounded the platoon sergeant and forced the remainder of the crew to abandon the vehicle. Deafened, but otherwise unhurt, S/Sgt. Burr immediately climbed into the driver's seat and continued on the mission of entering the town to reconnoiter road conditions. As he rounded a turn he encountered an 88-mm. antitank gun at pointblank range. Realizing that he had no crew, no one to man the tank's guns, he heroically chose to disregard his personal safety in a direct charge on the German weapon. At considerable speed he headed straight for the loaded gun, which was fully manned by enemy troops who had only to pull the lanyard to send a shell into his vehicle. So unexpected and daring was his assault that he was able to drive his tank completely over the gun, demolishing it and causing its crew to flee in confusion. He then skillfully sideswiped a large truck, overturned it, and wheeling his lumbering vehicle, returned to his company. When medical personnel who had been summoned to treat the wounded sergeant could not locate him, the valiant soldier ran through a hail of sniper fire to direct them to his stricken comrade. The bold, fearless determination of S/Sgt. Burr, his skill and courageous devotion to duty, resulted in the completion of his mission in the face of seemingly impossible odds."

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http://11tharmoreddivision.com/history/burr_distinguished.html
 
   
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11th Armored Division
  1942-1945, 736, 11th Armored Division
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  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
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