In Memory of
U.S. Army, First Lieutenant
Eugene F. Burdick
Lemmon, South Dakota
Perkins County
November 10, 1923 -- April 8, 1945
Killed in Action in Germany

Eugene F. Burdick

Eugene F. Burdick was the son of John and Freda Burdick.  He was born on November 10, 1923 in Plevna, Montana.  Mr. Burdick spent most of his life in Lemmon, South Dakota.  He graduated from Lemmon High School.  He was the secretary-treasurer of the Perkins County Agricultural Association and also the Meade County Agricultural Association.  Mr. Burdick married Viola P. Burdick on September 4, 1943.

Mr. Burdick entered the Army at Fort Snelling on June 23, 1941.  He went to basic training in October 4, 1941 at Camp Roberts in California.  At this time, he served with the 40th Division in the Pacific Theatre.  Later, he took additional training at Officer’s Candidate School.  He was commissioned Second Lieutenant on March 23, 1943.  He was eventually sent to the 78th “Lightning” Division at Camp Butler, North Carolina in October 1943.  He was advanced to First Lieutenant in June of 1944.  He went over seas to European Theatre in October 1944.  He was an Army First Lieutenant in the 311th Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry division.  He was involved in a skirmish in the German town of Scheuren, Germany.  Lt. Burdick felled the leading Nazi in the six-man patrol while cleaning out the town during darkness, and helped capture the remaining five.

First Lt. Eugene F. Burdick perished in Germany on April 8, 1945.  He was killed in action while serving his country in a time of need.  First Lt. Eugene F. Burdick is buried at Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands.  He was awarded a Bronze and Silver Star for gallantry in action during operations in Germany on February 8, 1945, and a Purple Heart for his efforts in the war.  He was survived by four brothers; Glenn Burdick, Robert Burdick, Jack Burdick, and James Burdick and one sister; Marietta Burdick.  At the time, Robert was overseas in the Army, Jack was in the Merchant Marine, and James was in the Navy.

His wife, Viola, raised two sons, Gary and Dean, and lived her life in Lemmon until her death in 1987.  His father, John, died in 1984 at the age of 93 years.  Lt. Burdick is survived by brothers Glenn, Robert, and James; sister Marietta; and son Gary who lives in Livonia, Michigan with wife Karen and two children, Michael and Jessica.  Dean, now deceased, is survived by son, Ross, who lives in Aberdeen, South Dakota with wife Becky and daughter Ashley.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Melissa Bootz, 8th Grade, Lemmon High School, Lemmon, South Dakota, April 8, 2002.  Information for this entry was provided by Gary Burdick, son of Lt. Burdick.