In Memory of
U.S. Army Private
Anton L. Burckhard
Aberdeen, South Dakota
Brown County
January 27, 1915  – December 23, 1944
Killed in Action in Luxembourg

Anton L. Burckhard

Anton L. Burckhard was born at Napoleon, Emmons County, North Dakota, on January 27, 1915.  His parents were Frank and Katherine Burckhard. He had two brothers, Andrew and Adam, and two sisters, Barbara and Christina. The family moved to Aberdeen in 1926, where Anton attended Aberdeen schools.  Anton married Catherine Malsom October 8, 1935, at Aberdeen. Anton and Katherine had four children, the youngest of whom Anton never saw: Albert, Alvina, LeRoy, and Anton, who was born February 8, 1945. Anton worked for Dakota Sash and Door  and the Milwaukee railroad.

Burckhard entered active service on May 19, 1944, at Ft. Snelling in Minnesota.  He received his basic training in Camp Roberts, California, after which he came home for a short furlough and then in October he reported to Ft. Mead, Maryland to be sent overseas. Private Burckhard landed in France on December 4, 1944, as part of  General Patton’s 3rd Army, where he was involved in continuous fighting until his death.

Private Anton Burckhard, Company G, 317th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, was killed in action on December 23, 1944, in Luxembourg. He was 29 years old and had been overseas less than a month. In a letter dated February 22, 1945, the War Department wrote to Anton’s wife: “It is with profound regret that I confirm the recent telegram informing you of the death of your husband, Private Anton L. Burckhard, 37,595,083, Infantry, who was previously reported missing in action on 23 December 1944 in Luxembourg.”

Catherine Burckhard lost not just a husband but also a brother, Pvt. John Malsom, in WW II.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Adam Feser and Luke Lesher, Groton High School, Groton, SD. Information for this entry was provided by the Aberdeen American News, issue 2/22/45, Alexander Mitchell Library, and by an application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment.