|Birth: ||Feb. 2, 1925|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Apr. 3, 1944|
The Navy has had hospital corpsmen since its very beginning. In 1814, Navy Regulations tell of a "loblolly boy" who served surgeons and surgeon's mates. The loblolly boy became the "surgeon's steward". Recognizing the need for truly trained help, surgeons chose candidates for training in basic medicine. But it was only in June 1898 that the Navy Hospital Corps was officially created. The Navy's Hospital Corpsmen provide medical services for Navy and Marine Corps units throughout the world. In World War II, Navy Corpsmen earned seven Medals of Honor, 61 Navy Crosses, 465 Silver Stars, and 982 Bronze Stars.
One WWII Navy corpsman was Billy Burnett who was born in Jersey City on February 2, 1925 and moved to Ridgewood when he was a year old to live at 233 North Pleasant Ave. with his sister and parents. Billy graduated in Ridgewood High School's class of 1942 where he played tennis and soccer, was on the First Aid committee and was active in Hi-Y. The family attended Christ Episcopal Church. His father was a former Commander of American Legion Post 53 in Ridgewood.
After a year of pre-medical training at Cornell, where he was a member of Theta Xi fraternity, he enlisted in Syracuse on April 8, 1943 and reported to the Naval Training Station at Sampson, NY. He was known as a "Fleet Marine", a Navy man assigned to the Marine Corps. Medical Division. He also trained at Camp Lejeune.
He went into active service in the South Pacific as support for the 2nd Battalion, 10th Marines as they conducted amphibious warfare at Guadalcanal. While there he contracted an infection involving the central nervous system. On March 12 he was returned to the 75th Army Station Hospital, Mt. View in Hilo, Hawaii. Five weeks later he died in the evening of April 3, 1944 of tuberculoses Meningitis. He was initially buried in Honolulu but later became the first war casualty repatriated to Ridgewood, in October 1947. He is buried in Section S, Plot 99B, Grave 3 in George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus. At death he was 19 years old.
From book "At Death He was 25 Years Old" By Christopher C. Stout (F.A.G. contributor #48289027)
George Washington Memorial Park
New Jersey, USA
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Record added: Nov 20, 2013
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