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SFC Tony Kenneth Burris
Birth: May 30, 1929
Blanchard
McClain County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Oct. 9, 1951
Kangwon-do, North Korea

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. His citation reads "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 machine gun 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 machine gun 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 machine gun 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". His Medal was posthumously awarded to him on September 5, 1952. 
 
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 Parents:
  Samuel Sydney Burris (1906 - 1973)
  Mable A. Curry Burris (1906 - 1991)
 
 Siblings:
  Loretta Florence Burris Wilson (1925 - 2015)*
  Tony Kenneth Burris (1929 - 1951)
  Joyce Joan Burris Thomson (1935 - 2014)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Killed in action
 
Burial:
Blanchard Cemetery
Blanchard
McClain County
Oklahoma, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 35.1591, -97.65226
 
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Originally Created by: Bill Walker
Record added: May 09, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6403983
SFC Tony Kenneth Burris
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