Bill Burrus

[3 DEC 1930 - E1 - 20631]



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Dorinda and Bill Burrus - Mary and Don
Andrews [Cary NC FDD - MAR 2013]



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Kay Stockett - Dorinda Burrus - Mary and Don Andrews -
Bill Burrus [Raleigh Class Lunch - JAN 2013]



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Bill McCulla - Bill Burrus - Don Andrews
[Larry Stockett Funeral - SEP 2012]



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Bill And Dorinda Burrus
[50th Anniversary Party - JAN 2008]



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Bill And Dorinda Burrus and Family
[50th Wedding Anniversary - 25 DEC 2007]



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Billy - Dorinda - Carl - Craig and Bill Burrus
[50th Wedding Anniversary - 25 DEC 2007]

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Dorinda and Bill Burrus
[50th Anniversary Party - DEC 2007]



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Dorinda and Bill Burrus
[50th Wedding Anniversary - 25 DEC 2007]



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[50th Reunion Bio]



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Dorinda and Bill Burrus - Al Coleman -
Myra Williamson [50th Reunion]



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Bill Anderson - Drummond - Robinson -
Burrus - Stockett [2001]



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McCloskey - Cathey - Burrus -
Deardorff - Malone [2000]



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Bill and Dorinda Burrus - Ed Anderson
[1989]



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Burrus - ? - Hagedorn - Fontaine - West
[1989]



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Sandy Wargowsky - Strati - Burrus -
Cutchin - Cathey's [1989]



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Burrus - Eddins - Greta Masson -
Sandy Wargowsky [1989]



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Dorinda and Bill Burrus
[Wedding Day - 25 Dec 1957



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E-1 Firsties - 1st Row: Nidever - Olive - McNair - Lapham (CO) - Nordlie - Cathey - Keegan - 2nd Row: Dugan - Burrus - Norm Smith - 3rd Row: Daly - Strati - Muller - 4th Row: Blahuta - Arthur - 5th Row: Ralls - Hinrichs - Richie Johnson - Singer - Coleman



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E-1 Plebes - 1st Row: D. Macdonald - Leaver - Dugan - Daly - Schriefer - Burrus - 2/3 Row: Blahuta - Coleman - Hinrichs - Singer - Strati - 4/5 Row: Nordlie - R. Johnson - Wuerz - N. Smith - Kirk - 6/7 Row: McNair - Olive - Keegan - Ralls - Lapham - Cathey - Muller - Nidever



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2012 AOG Online Register Entry

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How I got my appointment to West Point

I believe it is necessary to provide a little background to set the stage. I was born in a little town (Middletown) Population about l00 on the coastal area of North Carolina. I lived most of my School Years in a nearby town (Engelhard) Population about 300. The local school was small and only the bare minimum of Subjects were taught. Key subjects such as Physics, Chemistry and Foreign Language were not taught and only one year of Math and Algebra were available. I graduated in June 1948 as Salutatorium of my class of 18 members. I grew up during the Great Depression Years, so our family Financial Condition was worse than most. Never the less, my parents were extremely supportive and wanted all their children to have a better life and insisted that we stay in school until we graduated. Though College seemed out of the question, My Mother and Father continuously encouraged us not to give up hope of a college education. Their encouragement eventually was realized when all Four (4) sons received College Degrees from some of the Major Colleges and Universities in the Nation.

I had always planned to serve in one of the Military Services. I worked 25-30 hours a week in the local Country Store during all four years of High School so there was little time left for recreation. I did however make the School Basketball Team. My father was a pretty good Politician, and during my Senior Year, He contacted Congressman Herbert C. Bonner who represented our District and requested an appointment for me to anyone of the Military Academies. A Retired Naval Officer who lived in my home town also wrote a letter in my behalf. Congressman Bonner said he would very much like to give me an Appointment, However he was certain I could not pass the Entrance Exams as only one person from my County (Hyde) had ever graduated from either Academy, and that person was Benjamin Simmons (USMA Class of 1895). So much for me going to a Military Academy. I Enlisted in the Army in October 1948 with the hopes that some day I would retire as a Master Sergeant. After Basic Training at Fort Jackson, SC, I attended an 8-Week Clerk-Typist Course at Fort Lee, Va. My first permanent assignment was to Japan. After a slow 15 Day Boat Ride, I arrived at the Replacement Center at Camp Zama, Japan (Former West Point of Japan). My luck got a little better here as I was one of five selected to serve at General MacArthur's Headquarters (GHQ) in Tokyo. I was further assigned to the Communications Center at the Dia-iche Building. My job was to file incoming messages and to deliver messages to Staff Sections throughout the building to include General MacArthur's Office.

On New Year's Eve Night 1949, at mail call, I received a letter with return address, Congress of The United States. Quite excited, I opened the letter to find that my Congressman had appointed me as a Second Alternate to the Naval Academy (Class of 1954). The next morning I took the letter to my Company Commander, He immediately sent me to see the Adjutant General, because he thought I could be returned to the United States to attend the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School at Newport, Rhode Island. He was correct and within a week I was hitching an Air Force ride back to the United States. Before leaving, I was presented an Autographed Photo of General MacArthur which still hangs in an honored place in my home. After arriving at Newport Naval Base, I was assigned to room with three (3) marines. Several other Army and Air Force enlisted men arrived about the same time. Since the course had started the prior September, we were given all the books and assigned to a room to study on our own with an instructor to answer any questions we might have. The entrance exams were given in early April. There were five seperate sections to the Exam. I passed three (3) and flunked the Physics and English Sections, However by only a few points.

By this time I was convinced that I would prefer to attend the US Military Academy and by now I knew there was a US Military Academy Prep School at Stewart Field, N. Y. My Congressman was favorably impressed with my scores and immediately appointed me as a First Alternate to the USMA (Class of 1955). I was assigned to Fort Dix to spend the summer months before reporting to Stewart Field in September 1950. I was at Fort Dix when the Korean War started, however I did not receive orders to Korea because prep school took precedence. I reported to Stewart Field in early September and had the advantage of the full year of study. However, the story did not end there. We took the entrance exams in early April and waited a few days for the results. I was highly disappointed to learn that I had flunked the English Portion by one (1) point. My score was 449 when 450 was the minimum required. Those candidates that had flunked were advised to take a three (3) day pass and go to Washington and try to persuade our Congressman or any congressman or senator to give us another appointment and take a make-up exam that would be given in Early June. This advice I jumped on quickly. It turned out that the principal appointee had flunked badly. My congressman in my presence called the Adjutant General of the Army and ask that my exam be regraded since I had come within one point of passing. A few days later I was notified that my exam had been regraded and that I remained unqualified because my grade in English was still the same one(1) Point below passing. My Congressman immediately reappointed me with a Principal Appointment and directed that I take the Reexam in June which I passed with much higher scores and enterred USMA with the Class of 1955 on July 3, 1951. The rest is History. My oldest brother always said " The Best Day's Work I ever did was when I went to Washington to plead for one more chance to attend The United States Military Academy.

"Bill"
William S. Burrus
May 18, 2011


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William S. Burrus

Taps Check List

Birthplace and Date

Middletown, N. C.
December 3, 1930

Parents

-William Pell Burrus and Laura Carter Burrus

Siblings

-Brother- Robert (deceased May 1992) survived the sinking of his ship, the USS California on December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor.

-Brother- Charles joined US Navy on the day the war with Japan ended.

-Brother- Jim graduated from University of North Carolina and received Regular Commission as Second Lieutenant in United States Air Force as a Distinquished Graduate in June 1962. Retired as a Major in 1982.

-Sister- Margaret (deseased January 1985)

High School graduated from (Plus info like class officer)

-Engelhard High School, Engelhard, N. C. June 1948

-Graduated Salutatorium in class of 18 members

High School Sports (What Sport, Position, Team Captain, Honors)

-Basketball- Forward- Team came in Second in Regional Tournament both Junior and Senior years.

-Softball- Right Field

Other High School Activities (Band, Honor Society, etc.)

-President, National Beta Club

Non-School Activities (e.g. Scouts, Church, etc.)

-Member and attended Engelhard Methodist Church

-Grammar School Years, 1940-1943. Picked Cotton, Picked up Potatoes, chopped Corn and Cotton and did whatever seasonal work was available to earn spending money and purchase school clothing.

-Assisted brother Charles with his duties as School Janitor !943-1945. (Fired Coal Burning Furnace for School Heat and Swept and Cleaned School Building each day after school)

-Worked 25-30 hours a week as Clerk in Local Country Store ( To help with family expenses, and purchase clothing and provide own spending money 1945-1948.

-Summer of 1948- Delivered Ice throughout my end of County (Very few people had refrigerators at that time).

Civilian College/and or Military Academy Prep School

- Attended U S Naval Academy Prep School, Newport, Road Island (Jan 1950-June 1951).

- Attended U S Army Military Academy Prep School. Stewart Field, N. Y. (Sep 1950-June 1951).

-Took Night Classes at Several Colleges and Universities during first 20 years of Commissioned Service. I received Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree from Monmouth University, N. J. in June 1975. Universities attended were Maryland, Cornell, Syracuse and Monmouth University.

Civilian College Sports- N/A

Prior Military Service, Branch and Rank

- Enlisted U S Army, Oct 6, 1948.

-Basic Training- Fort Jackson, S. C. (Oct-Dec 1948)

-Eight (8) Week Clerk-Typist School, Fort Lee, Va. (Jan- Mar 1949)

- Assigned General Headquarters (GHQ) as Clerk-Typist in GHQ Communications Center, Tokyo, Japan (Apr 1949-Jan 1950). My work station was in Dai Iche Building on second floor ( General MacArthur's Office was on sixth floor). My duties included typing incoming messages, filing messages, and delivering messages to Staff Sections throughout the Building to include General MacArthur' Office. I was presented an autographed Photo of General MacArthur upon my Short Notice departure in Jan 1950 for the U S Naval Academy Prep School. This Photo still hangs in a place of Honor in my home.

- Promoted to Private First Class (E-3) in Oct 1949. Army Policy was not to promote while in Prep Schools preparing for Entrance to Military Academies.

Type of Appointment to USMA

-First received Congressional Second Alternate Appointment to U S Naval Academy for Class of 1954.

-Later received First Alternate Appointment to West Point for Class of 1955. I flunked English Portion of Test by one (l) Point. Subsequently given Principal Appointment for Class of 1955 and directed to take make-up Exam in June 1951. I passed all Entrance Tests with much higher scores and entered USMA on Jul 3, 1951 with Class of 1955.

USMA Roommates

-Norm Blahuta

-Al Coleman

-V. Singer

-Bob Hinrichs

-John Daly

Close Friends at USMA

-Norm Blahuta E-1

-Al Coleman E-1

-Carl McNair E-1

-Bob Hinrichs E-1

-V. Singer E-1

-Danny Dugan E-1

-Bob Straiti E-1

-Al Parker B-2

Wife Info, including how you met and place of marriage.

-Married Dorinda Jane Berry on December 25, 1957 at Amity Methodist Church, Engelhard, N. C.

-We knew each other in school as we both grew up in same town, However we never started dating until I was home on Graduation Leave in 1955. We have been happily married for 53 Plus Years.

Children Info

-Identical Twin Sons Carl and Craig were born on Jan 13, 1959. Both graduated from North Carolina State University.

-Son William was born on June 3, 1960. He graduated from East Carolina University.

Suggested and/or preferred Author for TAPS Article.

-Norm Blahuta E-1

Others who can fill in the gaps.

-Al Parker B-2

-Don Andrews A-1

-James Burrus Brother

-Dorinda Burrus Wife

-Input from other family members

Classmates with whom you served.

-Norm Blahuta E-1

-Al Coleman E-1

-Al Parker B-2

- Numerous while attending Infantry Basic and Advanced Courses and Command and General Staff College.

Major Military Assignments.

-Armored Infantry Battalions during first Five (5) years of service in First Armored Division at Fort Polk, La. and Second Missile Command Fort Hood, Texas, and Fort Carson, Colorado.

- Headquarters, Northern Area Command, (NACOM) in Frankfurt Germany 1961-1963. (Assistant S-3 and Headquarters Company Commander).

-Aide-De-Camp for MG William C. Bullock at HQS Allied Forces Central Europe AFCENT 1963-1964.

-S-4 and Company Commander 3d Reinforced Infantry Battalion (The Old Guard), Fort Myer, Va. 1964-1966. . I was Site Control Officer at Capitol Retunda during President Herbert Hoover Funeral.

-173d Airborne Brigade and HQS, II Field Forces, Vietnam 1966-1967.

-Chief, U S Army Staff Communications Division (Office of Army Chief of Staff) 1968-1971.

-Deputy SGS, HQS, US Army Vietnam (HQS, USARV) 1971-1972.

-Selected Comptroller as Second Specialty in 1972.

-Comptroller, Fort Dix, N. J. 1972-1974.

- Battalion Commander, 3rd Battalion, 5th Advanced Individual Training Brigade, Fort Dix, N.J. 1974-1975.

-Chief Financial and Budget Officer, Army Club Management Directorate, Office of Adjutant General, Wash DC. 1975-1978.

-Chief, Budget and Finance Office, U. S. Army Ballistic Missile Defense Program Office BMDPO, (Office of Army Chief of Staff). 1978-1984,

I retired with Rank of Colonel on May 1, 1984 with 29 years Commissioned Service, 3 years Enlisted Service, and 4 years as USMA Cadet for a Total of 36 Years of Army Service.

Shortly after my Army Retirement, I was offered and accepted position as Treasurer in National HQS of Army Emergency Relief (AER). This made my transition to Civilian life easy as I continued to work with Army Installations and help Soldiers in need all over the world. I retired from this job in 1990. At the same time, my wife Dorinda retired from her job as a Personnel Specialist at U. S. Agriculture Department. Within a short time we moved back to our home state of North Carolina and settled in the Raleigh, N. C. Area where we continue to live.

After about a year and a half, I completed all my jobs required to get our New Home so we could enjoy it, I decided to try a Part-Time Job as a Sears Sales Associate. My plan was to work a few months to see if I would like it. I found that working a few hours a week was very enjoyable for me. I surprised myself and worked for 14 Years before Retiring for the Third Time in March 2006 at age 75.

During my Army Career, I received the following Awards:

-Legion of Merit

-Bronze Star Medal W/Oak Leaf Cluster

-Meritorious Service Medal W/ Oak Leaf Cluster

-Commendation Medal W/ Oak Leaf Cluster

-Good Conduct Medal

-Occupation of Japan Medal

-Meritorious Unit Commendation W/ Oak leaf Cluster

-National Defense Service Medal W/ Oak leaf Cluster

-Vietnam Service Medal W/5 Campaign Stars

-Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

-Numerous Service Medals

-Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation With Palm

-Combat Infantryman's Badge

-Expert Infantryman's Badge

-Jump Wings

-Ranger Tab

-Department of Army Staff Service Badge

-Four (4) Service Bars for 2 Years Combat Service in Vietnam

-Numerous Certificates of Achievement

See "How I Got To West Point" for Additional Information.

"Bill"
William S. Burrus
Class of 1955
June 22, 2011


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