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