James Burt Veterans Memorial Park

James Burt Veterans Memorial Park (HM1LIA)

Location: Lee, MA 01238 Berkshire County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 18.414', W 73° 14.996'

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James Burt
Veterans Memorial Park
In Memory of Those from Lee Who Died During War
For Their Country

World War I
1917 - 1918

James R. Bossidy · John T. Carty · Thomas M. Crerar · Russell R. Griffin · Thomas J. Fanning · Harry F. Gross · Charles T. Noonan · Harold M. Parker · Milton D. Parker · Ivan A. Roberts

World War II
1941 - 1946

Eugene Arioli · James Armstrong · Eugene L. Bonafin · Harold M. Bruce · Thomas Burt · Thomas F. Carpenter · Herbert Corey · Harry Corey · Harry Cross · Joseph Davis · Ralph A. Gage · John L. Leahey · Peter McGoldrick · Francis Murray · Aldo Pera · John W. Richmond · Donald L. Turner · Donald Whalen · Victor J. Pezzotini

Korean War
1950 - 1955

William Abderhalden · Kenneth Turner

Vietnam War
1961 - 1975

James M. Termini · Michael Whalen · Bruce Stevenson · Charles R. Cummings

Persian Gulf War
1990 - 1991
We honor the veterans of Lee who served in the Persian Gulf War and are thankful that they returned home safely

This Memorial Is Dedicated To All Veterans. In All Wars.
A Grateful Nation Salutes You.

(left monument)
The President of the United States of America,
authorized by Act of Congress on March 13, 1863, has
awarded in the name of the Congress
Medal Of Honor to:
James M. Burt
United States Army
President Harry S. Truman presents the
Medal of Honor to
James M. Burt for his heroic efforts during
World War II.
Awarded to Captain James M. Burt:
Purple Heart
with Two Oak Leaf Clusters
Bronze Star Medal
Theater Service Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Participated in Three D-Day Invasions

On 13 October 1944, Captain James M. Burt, United States Army, was in command of Company B, 66th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Division, on the western outskirts of Wurselen, Germany. His organization participated in a coordinated infantry-tank attack destined to isolate the large German garrison which was tenaciously defending the city of Aachen. In the first day's action, when infantrymen ran into murderous small-arms and mortar fire, Capt. Burt dismounted from his tank about 200 yards to the rear and moved forward on foot beyond the infantry positions, where, as the enemy concentrated a tremendous volume of fire upon him, he calmly motioned his tanks into good firing positions. As the attack gained momentum, he climbed aboard his tank and directed the action from the rear deck, exposed to hostile volleys which finally wounded him painfully in the face and neck. He maintained his dangerous post despite pointblank self-propelled gunfire until friendly artillery knocked out these enemy weapons, and then proceeded to the advanced infantry scouts' positions to deploy his tanks for the defense of the gains which had been made. The next day, when the enemy counterattacked, he left cover and went 75 yards through heavy fire to assist the infantry battalion commander who was seriously wounded. For the next 8 days, through rainy, miserable weather and under constant, heavy shelling, Capt. Burt held the combined forces together, dominating and controlling the critical situation through the sheer force of his heroic example. On October 15, to direct artillery fire, he took his tank 300 yards into the enemy lines, where he dismounted and remained for one hour giving accurate data to friendly gunners. Twice more that day he went into enemy territory under deadly fire on reconnaissance. In succeeding days he never faltered in his determination to defeat the strong German forces opposing him. Twice the tank in which he was riding was knocked out by enemy action, and each time he climbed aboard another vehicle and continued the fight. He took great risks to rescue wounded comrades and inflicted prodigious destruction on enemy personnel and materiel despite suffering from the wounds he received in the battle's opening phase. Capt. Burt's intrepidity and disregard of personal safety were so complete that his own men and the infantry who attached themselves to him were inspired to overcome the wretched and extremely hazardous conditions which accompanied one of the most bitter local actions of the war. The victory achieved closed the Aachen gap.
October 12, 1945
The White House
(signed) Harry S. Truman
Year Placed1998
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, July 5th, 2015 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 644239 N 4685334
Decimal Degrees42.30690000, -73.24993333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 18.414', W 73° 14.996'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 18' 24.84" N, 73° 14' 59.76" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)413
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-176 Main St, Lee MA 01238, US
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