Howard Burns, Junior, World War II CasualtyPorter County Data on World War II Casualties . . . .

Howard Burns, Junior
Staff Sergeant, Company A, 131st Engineer Regiment, United States Army
Date of Birth: June 6, 1917, Wellston, Jackson County, Ohio
Date of Death: November 29, 1944, Edward Hines, Junior, Veterans Administration Hospital, Hines, Cook County, Illinois
Burial: Westlawn Cemetery, Farmersburg, Sullivan County, Indiana
Cause of Death: Brain Tumor
Date of Enlistment: April 7, 1941
Hometown: Valparaiso
Note: Howard Burns, Junior, was honorably discharged from the United States Army on June 19, 1944, due to his medical condition.

Newspaper Notices:


DECEMBER 7 -- Howard Burns, Jr., southwest Pacific veteran, former Valparaiso resident, dies in Hines' hospital, Hines, Ill., of brain tumor; Lieut. Dale White, of Porter, killed in plane crash in Italy.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; December 29, 1944; Volume 18, Page 1, Column 7

Pacific War Vet Is Dead

Howard Burns, Jr., formerly of Valparaiso, died on November 29 at the Hines government hospital, Hines, Ill., as the result of a brain tumor, it was learned today.

He was medically discharged from the army on June 19, 1944, after having spent 21 months in action in the Southwest Pacific.

About a month ago his condition became critical and he was taken to the Veteran's hospital at Indianapolis for treatment. Two days prior to his death he was taken to Hines hospital.

Before entering the army April 7, 1941, he was employed at the McGill Manufacturing company.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Burns, Sr., four sisters and three brothers.

Memorial services will be held at the McHugh funeral home in Shelburn, Ind., his former home, with the American Legion post of Shelburn in charge. Burial was in Oak Lawn cemetery.

Attending the rites from Valparaiso was Miss Ruth Barrett, fiancée of the decedent.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; December 7, 1944; Volume 18, Page 1, Column 7 [Note that the cemetery is incorrect in this death notice. Howard Burns, Junior, was interred in Westlawn Cemetery in Farmersburg, Sullivan County, Indiana.]

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Information abstracted and transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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