Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
Garden of Valor
(Not Actual Gravesite)
September 13, 1920 at St.
Service in the US Army from Kansas City, MO
08, 1990 at the age of 69
Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For
heroism March 19, 1945 at Dorrmoschel,
The tank in
which Staff Sergeant Burr was bow gunner was hit by an enemy
rocket, which severely wounded the platoon sergeant and forced
the remainder of the crew to abandon the vehicle. Deafened, but
otherwise unhurt, he immediately climbed into the driver's seat
and continued on the mission of entering the town to reconnoiter
road conditions. As he rounded a turn he encountered an 88-mm
antitank gun at pointblank range. Realizing that he had no crew,
no one to man the tank's guns, he heroically chose to disregard
his personal safety in a direct charge on the German weapon. At
considerable speed he headed straight for the loaded gun, which
was fully manned by enemy troops who had only to pull the
lanyard to send a shell into his vehicle. So unexpected and
daring was his assault that he was able to drive his tank
completely over the gun, demolishing it and causing its crew to
flee in confusion. He then skillfully sideswiped a large truck,
overturned it, and wheeling his lumbering vehicle, returned to
his company. When medical personnel who had been summoned to
treat the wounded sergeant could not locate him, the valiant
soldier ran through a hail of sniper fire to direct them to his