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Burkett - Robert Everett - KIA WWII

Robert Everett Burkett - KIA - WWII

Source: Crawfordsville Journal-Review Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana 10 Aug 1945

Ladoga, Aug 10 -- Robert Everett Burkett, coxswain in the US Naval Reserve, was killed in action July 24 according to a telegram that came Friday to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Burkett. Coxswain Burkett had been serving in the Pacific with the USS Underhill. The telegram did not give details with regard to the manner in which their son met his death. Entering the service Jan 12 1942, Burkett had served about two years on convoy duty in the Atlantic. Since Jan 1945, however he had been on duty in the Pacific. One ship on which he previously served was sunk but he was among the survivors. Born Nov 21, 1926 in Ladoga, Burkett would have reached his 19th birthday next November. He was one of a family of 8 children of Mr. and Mrs. Burkett. Burkett was married Oct 29, 1944 to Vivian Waldon, the daugther of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben A. Waldon, 1204 S. Mill Street, Crawfordsville. The widow survives togehter with his parents, three sisters and 4 brothers. one brother, PFC Herman Burkett is with the US Armed Forces stationed somewhere in Germany. Three younger brothers - Victor, James and Carroll live at home. One sister, Virginia Marie also lives at home. The other two sisters are Mrs. Susanna Boomer of Decatur, Ill and Mrs. Ramona Cotton of Ladoga. The grandmother, Mrs. Susie Burkett also survives. The telegram that came to Mr. and Mrs. Burkett stated they would be notified when further details with regard to his death are received. The father is employed in Allison's factory in Indianapolis.  -- kbz
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