Marker 564: Menasha's Isle of Valor First Sergeant Elmer J. Burr

© Photographed May 5, 2017
Erected 2016 by Nicolet Post 2126 Veterans of Foreign Wars
Menasha's Isle of Valor
Menasha, Winnebago County, Wisconsin
44°11'56.7"N 88°26'27.0"W
44.199084, -88.440824
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MENASHA'S ISLE OF VALOR
FIRST SERGEANT
ELMER J. BURR
The Isle of Valor is dedicated to the Menasha residents who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and “gave the last full measure of devotion.” Only two communities have had multiple residents receive the Congressional Medal of Honor: Menasha, Wisconsin, and Pueblo, Colorado. Menasha’s are Staff Sergeant Kenneth E. Stumpf and First Sergeant Elmer J. Burr.

First Sergeant Elmer J. Burr, Company I, 3rd Battalion, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division, United States Army, posthumously presented the Medal of Honor for action on 24 December 1942 near Buna, New Guinea.

Sergeant Burr was cited for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty. During an attack, Burr saw an enemy grenade strike near his company commander. Instantly and with heroic self-sacrifice, he threw himself upon it, smothering the explosion with his body.
The memorial is located at Menasha's Isle of Valor, accessible from westbound Keys Street, between Cleveland Street (to the west) and Park Street (to the east), directly behind the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building (now home to the Menasha Historical Society), at or near 640 Keys Street, Menasha, Wisconsin 54952.

NOTE: This is a two-sided marker. See also, Marker 564: Menasha's Isle of Valor Staff Sergeant Kenneth E. Stumpf.

Wikipedia: Elmer J. Burr

First Sergeant Burr's official Medal of Honor citation reads:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty. During an attack near Buna, New Guinea, on 24 December 1942, 1st Sgt. Burr saw an enemy grenade strike near his company commander. Instantly and with heroic self-sacrifice he threw himself upon it, smothering the explosion with his body. 1st Sgt. Burr thus gave his life in saving that of his commander.
Congressional Medal of Honor Society: First Sergeant Elmer J. Burr

Find A Grave: 1SGT Elmer John Burr (1908-1942)

Elmer Burr and Ken Stumpf Scholarship of Honor

Click here to view all memorials at Menasha's Isle of Valor.






Isle of Valor is located behind the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building.

Follow the signs . . .

 The pathway to Isle of Valor,
on the east side of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building.

The bridge crossing over the Menasha Channel to Isle of Valor.


The memorial is located at Isle of Valor in Menasha, Wisconsin.

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