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Title Frederick Cullen Burton
Span Dates 1933-1949
Bulk Dates (bulk dates, 1940-1945)
Quantity .5 linear ft.
Printed Material Printed Materials are located in Box 1.
Location     Archives and Special Collections, University Libraries, University of South Dakota.

Frederick Cullen Burton was born March 4, 1919 to Goldie P. and Fred Louis Burton in Academy, South DakotaBurton attended Platte High School and graduated in 1936.  He then went on to major in Journalism at the University of South Dakota from 1939-41 and was a talented bassoonist and writer.  Although war was repugnant to him, Burton felt strongly that it was his duty to fight.  Not willing to wait until the United States entered World War II, Burton joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in Winnipeg, Manitoba in September of 1941.  He served as an aircraftsman on the ground crew.  When the United States entered the war, Burton was discharged from the Canadian Air Force and promptly joined the US Infantry.  He attended officer’s training in Fort Benning, GA and earned the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.  In September of 1943, he was sent oversees and fought in Italy and France, as a part of 36th Infantry Division.  Burton was awarded the Bronze Star for action in Cassino, Italy.  Sometime after this he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant.  Burton also received the Oak Leaf Cluster and a posthumous Purple Heart.  He was killed during a patrol in Gries, France on January 24, 1945.  He is buried at the United States Military Cemetery in Epinal, France.

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