In Memory of
U.S. Army First Lieutenant
Frederick Cullen Burton
Academy, South Dakota
Charles Mix County
March 4, 1919 – January 21, 1944
Killed in Action in the Mountains of Italy and France
Frederick Burton was born on March 4, 1919, in Academy,
South Dakota; he had three siblings: Lois, Geraldine, and Clark Burton.
Frederick lived in Academy all his life, where he attended La Roche Township
Grade School. He enjoyed music, sports, reading books, and creative writing.
When he was 19, he graduated from Platte High School, in
Platte, South Dakota. After high school, Frederick attended the University of
South Dakota from 1940-1941. He was an excellent student who specialized in
writing. This was a gift he went on to develop until his death. After his year
of college, he enlisted in the Canadian Air Force, and then he was sent back to
the United States after the events of Pearl Harbor.
Frederick was trained at the Maxwell Field in Alabama. He
was transferred to the Infantry at Ft. Benning. In 1944 he was sent to Italy as
a 1st Lieutenant in the 36th Infantry.
Frederick Burton was shot by a machine gun while out on
patrol in South France. He was buried in the Military Cemetery in South
France. In 1948, his mother had his body returned to Rapid City, South Dakota
for permanent burial. His parents, Fred and Goldie Burton, sisters, Geraldine
Anderson and Lois Luker, and one brother, Clark Burton, survived Frederick.
In Images of American Society: A History of the United
States, Volume II (1976), G.D. Lillibridge wrote a profile of
A sample of Frederick’s beautiful penmanship from his
diary. The entry is dated about a month before his death.
This entry was respectfully submitted by
Brian Oberbroekling and Ron Jones, Geddes High School, in Geddes, South Dakota,
April 13, 2002. Information for this entry was provided by Elizabeth Burton
(sister-in-law) to Frederick Burton and by Images of American Society: A
History of the United States, Volume II.