Ives, Burl, Cpl

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Army Band
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564-Specialist Assignment
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Engineer Corps (Enlisted)
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1942-1943, 521, Army Entertainment Detachment
Service Years
1942 - 1945
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Home Town
Hunt Township
Last Address
Anacordes, WA

Date of Passing
Apr 14, 1995
Location of Interment
Mound City National Cemetery - Mound City, Illinois
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Army Garrison Fort Dix, NJUS Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM)
  1942-1943, 442, Army Garrison Fort Dix, NJ
  1942-1943, 521, Army Entertainment Detachment
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Last Known Activity
Burl Ives did it all.  He was a songwriter, a dramatic actor, a comedic actor, an author, a musician, a folk singer, and the voice of lovable characters in children's films and TV shows.  This American folk icon was born Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives on 14 June 1909 in Hunt City, Illinois, the same town where he would be buried 85 years later after his death in Anacortes, Washington.   Burl Ives attended what is now Eastern Illinois University where he was on the football team, but he left college in his junior year to undertake a career in music, starting with a trial recording on the Gennett label, a record that found no market and was summarily destroyed.  Ives struck out on a career as an itinerant singer, doing odd jobs and playing the banjo for money to survive.  He landed a singing spot on a radio station in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1931 and also continued to travel about singing where he could earn a few dollars.  He went back to college, this time attending what is now Indiana State University.  In 1940, he got his own radio show and began to establish an identify as a singer of authentic folk music.  He was drafted in 1942 and served first in the Army and then in the Army Air Corps, in both services performing in shows at military installations.  He was discharged in September 1945 and continued to live in the Los Angeles area (where his Air Corps service had taken him), and in December of that year he went to New York and took a job with CBS radio.  In 1945, he was cast as a singing cowboy in a film called Smoky.   In a 1949 Walt Disney film, he sang "Lavender Blue," his first big hit and one that would win an Academy Award.  Because of alleged Communist affiliations, Ives found himself on the entertainment industry's "blacklist" in the 1950s, a situation that was eased somewhat when he "cooperated" with the government committee conducting the investigation.  He was able to go on making movies and records, but his cooperation rankled many of his fellow folk singers and it took decades for those wounds to heal.  Ives appeared in numerous "big" films during the 1950s and early 1960s, but he began to revert to singing country and folk music in the 1960s and also began to appear on television, either as an actor or in a voice-over role.  He starred in two TV series in the late 1960s and continued to appear in films and on TV into the 1970s.  Ives could also count a number of Broadway roles to his credit, ranging from 1938 to 1967.  During his long musical career, he recorded more than 100 albums plus about 25 hit singles.  He performed in concerts around the world, including England, Australia, and large cities in the U.S.  He lived with his second wife in a home near Puget Sound in the later years of his life, dying of cancer on 14 April 1995.

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