Floyd (Blackie) E. Burr

Selectees from Eau Claire County Draft Board No. 1, representing the city of Eau Claire, who left Saturday afternoon for the Army Reception Center at Fort Sheridan after a stop over night at Milwaukee are shown above, as photographed in front of the Post Office Building just before leaving for the depot to board the "400." 

They are ( from left to right) Front Row: John B. Brown, Route 4; James E. Field, 2016 Birch Street; and Floyd E. Burr, 1063 Chippewa Road. Second Row: Edward H. Gort, 840 1/2 East Madison Street; Alfred G. Rosenthal, 522 West Grand Avenue; and Vernon M. Jacobson, 318 North Eleventh Street.

Mr. and. Mrs. Arthur Hart announce the marriage of their daughter, Patricia, to Corporal Floyd Burr, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Burr. All are of Eau Claire. 

The wedding took place at the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer on Saturday, April 29 at 1 pm. Reverend Herbert Juneau performed the ceremony. The bride's attendant was her sister, Mrs. Sylvester Thorson. The groom's brother, Petty Officer Sherwin Burr, was best man. 

The bride wore a blue wool suit with navy accessories and a corsage of gardenias and roses. Mrs. Thorson also wore a blue suit with navy accessories, with corsage of roses and sweet peas.

Corporal Burr was on a 23-day furlough from service in the Aleutian Islands. He has been re-assigned and will report to duty as instructor in ordnance at Fort Sheridan, IL. He has served for 28 months with a heavy maintenance ordnance unit in the Aleutians. 

Mrs. Burr will remain in Eau Claire for the present.

In Navy Action Most of Time, Starting with Pearl Harbor
S. A. Burr, This City, in Many Engagements
Sherwin A. Burr, Boilermaker First Class, Petty Officer, U. S. Navy, home on leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Burr, 1003 Hastings Way, has taken part—if he has not seen all of it—in a lot of action in 32 months of overseas duty. 

Serving on five different war craft during that time, Burr has, in line of his special duty, been below decks during the most exciting and dangerous actions in which his vessel was engaged but, in one of them, he was on deck and saw the famous Lieutenant O'Hare shoot down a flock of Jap planes. 

He had his first taste of excitement in the Jap sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, when the destroyer on which he was then serving was among the warships attacked in the harbor. The destroyers, he said, managed to get up steam and move out of the harbor to escape the destruction that was visited on so many of the other warships. 

Warships he was on at the time were in the Midway battle, Coral Sea struggle, the first mission against Bougainville, and other Solomon Island engagements, including Guadalcanal, but he escaped unscathed in all of them. His ship also took part in two bombardments of Wake Island. 

He saw the plane carrier Lexington go down; in fact, the warship he was on at that time sent the big carrier down by shelling, after hope had been given up of saving the flaming flat-top.

Burr is home on a 30-day leave, after which he goes to Norfolk, VA for special training in destroyer escort duty.

Before entering the Navy, Burr was a member of Company B, Wisconsin National Guard, of Eau Claire.

He has two brothers in the service—Corporal Floyd E. Burr, U. S. Army, in Quartermaster Department on the Island of Attu, and Corporal Wilton H. Burr in the Engineers Aviation Battalion, at present, stationed on the Island of Oahu, Hawaiian Islands.

Floyd E. Burr, Eau Claire, has been promoted to the grade of Sergeant at the Ordnance Training Center, Flora, MS, the nation's second largest ordnance troop training center and often pointed to by Washington as a model for all such centers.

Written by Harold (Diz) Kronenberg

Floyd worked at Uniroyal, grew up on the northside, and lived on Hastings Way.