Veterans' Memorial Project
John Hanley Burns Jr.
World War II
Sgt. Burns served with the 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division. Johnnie Burns was called to serve in the military while enrolled as a freshman, but returned to the U of I on leave to take his final exams to receive credit for the year. Despite a broken leg and appendicitis, he went on to serve his country as a paratrooper. He survived the Battle of the Bulge, but was killed by a sniper in Buldern, Germany near the end of the war before his 21st birthday. He is buried at Sumner Cemetery, Sumner (Lawrence County), Illinois.
-submitted by Janie B. Falta, niece
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