In Memory of
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant
Burtes Wilson Bailey
Edgemont, South Dakota
Fall River County
May 15, 1913 – September 15, 1944
Killed in Action at Anzio Beach, Italy

Burtes Wilson Bailey 

Burtes W. Bailey was born on May 15,1913, to Bob and Ella Bailey in Edgemont, South Dakota. Burtes was one of eleven children. He was the youngest of these eleven children. Burtes attended Edgemont schools from first through twelfth grades and graduated from Edgemont High School in 1921. Burtes "Buster" Bailey was the youngest child of his family. After graduating from Edgemont High School, he helped his father on the ranch until called for duty. He had many warm friendships around the Cottonwood and Edgemont areas. Burtes was known for his lighthearted disposition and ready smile.

Burtes was drafted into the service in November of 1942 when he was twenty-eight years old. He was excited about going into the service and serving his country.

Burtes was a Staff Sergeant of the 92nd Division, 370th Infantry Regiment and went overseas July 15, 1944. His last letter home was dated September 1, 1944.

Staff Sergeant Burtes W. Bailey died as a result of wounds received during the Anzio Beach head campaign on September 15, 1944. Staff Sergeant Burtes Bailey was buried at Plot F, Row 1,Grave 31, Florence American Cemetery, Florence, Italy. He also has a memorial stone with his photo on it in the Edgemont cemetery. Burtes was awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Burtes was an honest man who gave his ultimate gift of life to ensure our freedoms. Thank you, Burtes, we will not forget what you have given in order to assure our freedoms.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Cody Busch, 8th Grade, Edgemont Middle
School, Edgemont, South Dakota, April 21, 2000. Information for this entry was
provided by Mrs. Hunter, friend of the Bailey family, an application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment, and newspaper clippings.