GMSN Robert Burr and T/SGT James Eberle to be honored at 48th Annual Memorial Ceremony

GMSN Burr.png Gunners Mate Robert Paul Burr graduated from Navy Bomb Disposal Class #1-B. GMSN Burr was assigned to the escort carrier USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60). On 15 July 1944, the USS Guadalcanal had departed Norfolk, Virginia, for Bermuda on its fourth anti-submarine warfare (ASW) cruise, as part of Task Group 22.2.  At 1025 hours, 16 July 1944, a Grumman torpedo bomber TBF-1D Avenger, Bureau Number 24511, Engine 34238, piloted by LT James E. Ogle III, USNR from Pennsylvania crashed at sea off the carrier’s starboard bow after being catapulted off.  It was surmised that the aircraft had insufficient engine power, but couldn’t sustain flight.  After the crash, one person was observed standing on the plane’s wing and then the plane’s armament exploded killing all three occupants including Gunners Mate Burr.

  Gunners Mate Burr received the Legion of Merit Medal as part of boarding party number 2 from the USS Guadalcanal, involved in the capture of the Germany U-boat U-505 (Type IXC) on 4 June 1944 off the French West Africa coast.  Gunner Burr rendered safe the demolition charges on board the U-Boat that was meant to scuttle the vessel. 

 

T:SGT Eberle.jpg Technical Sergeant James H. Eberle was born 29 November 1915 in Lincoln, Illinois to Harry and Hazel Brown Eberle. After graduating high school in 1933, he attended Lincoln College for approximately two years before working as an electric utility draftsman in his hometown. He married Mildred Jelken on 3 February 1939. James Eberle was drafted into the Army in April 1942; he was offered the choice of becoming a glider pilot or a Bomb Disposal expert. In the fall of 1942, he was assigned to the Bomb School at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland. After graduating in 1943 he assigned to the 151st Ordnance Bomb Disposal Squad and deployed to Italy.  

 On 23 August of 1944, the 151st Ordnance Bomb Disposal Squad was operating in Italy when T/Sgt James Eberle and another T/Sgt were called to a farmers field to clear a landmine. T/Sgt Eberle and the unknown T/Sgt were attempting to render safe the landmine when it detonated. He was listed as killed in action and posthumously awarded the Purple Heart Medal.  

  T/Sgt Eberle was initially survived by his wife Mildred Eberle, daughter Margaret, mother Hazel Brown Eberle, father Harry Eberle, brother Dick Eberle, and sister Marian Eberle. Today he is survived by his daughter Margaret Lauterjung and sister Marian Eberle Athens. 

 

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