|Wilton H. Burr|
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
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.