Virginia Heroes

Henry Ogle Burnett

Private First Class, Army

Born: July 4, 1914
Hometown: Dinwiddie County, VA
Entered: April 22, 1941
Casualty Date: December 3, 1944
Died In: West Bank of the Rur River Julich, Germany

Private First Class Burnett served Company E, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division.

Before the war, he worked for the Virginia Department of Highway in Amelia, Virginia and he was married.

PFC Burnett was moving with his unit on the West Bank of the Rur River when he was hit by shell fire from a German tank.  He was declared missing in action and his name was engraved on the memorial wall at Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands.  In 1976, his remains were discovered during a construction project along the river.  He was reinterred in Piney Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery, Weaverville, North Carolina.

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