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William Martinez Burrola
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Birth: Jun. 25, 1921
Death: Apr. 30, 2001

GALLUP Services for William M. Burrola, 79, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 4, at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Father Jim Walker will officiate. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at 11 a.m. today at Rollie Mortuary.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. tonight at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Burrola died April 30 in Albuquerque. He was born June 25, 1921, in Tokay.

Burrola served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a prisoner of war from April 8, 1941, until liberated Aug. 15, 1945, enduring the Bataan Death March and imprisioned in the Phillipines until Sept. 1942. The prisoners were then taken in convoy to China and Japan. He remained a prisoner in Mugden, Manchuria, until Aug. 15, 1945.

Burrola was employed by Fort Wingate Ordnance Depot as a firefighter from 1947 until retirement as assistant fire chief on June 30, 1973. He was a member of the American X-POW, Bataan Veterans Organization, American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Veterans, American Legion, Knights of
Columbus and Sacred Heart Cathedral parish.

Survivors include his wife, Sally Burrola of Gallup; sons, Arthur Burrola and Tony Burrola, both of Gallup; daughters, Lisa Burrola and Rosemary Chavez, both of Gallup, and Virginia Gabaldon of Albuquerque; brother, Dan Burrola of Corrales;
sisters, Mary Burrola and Natcha Madero, both of Albuquerque; 24 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

Burrola was preceded in death by his parents, Valentin and Guillerma Burrola; daughter, Mary Burrola; brothers, George Burrola, Joe Burrola, and Nick Burrola; one grandchild and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers will be Bryan Burrola, Geroff Burrola, Pat Chavez, Ramon Chavez, Rick Chavez, Ricky Chavez, Robert Gabaldon and Michael Velasquez.

Donations may be made to RMCH Auxillary, 1900 Red Rock Dr., Gallup N.M. 87301.

Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Valentin H. Burrola (1882 - 1960)
  Guillerma Martinez Burrola (1882 - 1962)
 
 Sibling:
  Joseph Martinez Burrola (1908 - 1992)*
  William Martinez Burrola (1921 - 2001)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Hillcrest Cemetery
Gallup
McKinley County
New Mexico, USA
 
Created by: Spyrose
Record added: Jun 26, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14738553
William Martinez Burrola
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William Martinez Burrola
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- Dragonfly Dreamer
 Added: Feb. 14, 2014
May the ordeal of your honored service never be forgotten.
- truchasnm
 Added: Jan. 20, 2014
Thank You, May you Rest in Eternal Peace
- Ladybug
 Added: Jan. 5, 2014
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