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Donald Jay Burmingham

Donald Jay Burmingham

Male 1928 - 1950  (22 years)

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  • Name Donald Jay Burmingham 
    Born 22 Jun 1928  Camden, Oneida County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Sep 1950  South Korea Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I37660  stewartsny.com
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2021 

    Father Henry J. Burmingham,   b. 1910, Camden Twp., Oneida County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1993  (Age 83 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Dorothy Thelma Ballou,   b. 21 Apr 1909, Redfield Twp., Oswego County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 1964, Auburn, Cayuga County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 2 Aug 1927  Pulaski, Richland Twp., Oswego County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F13980  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Don attended school in McConnellsville and Redfield. He left school in 1946 for the Army. He was trained at Ft. Dix, New Jersey where he left for Japan assigned to the mechanized cavalry. While in Japan he served was selected to be part of the Military Police Guard at the Japanese war crimes trials. He re enlisted in February 1950 and was sent to Korea.
      When hostilities broke out in Korea he was activated with the 5th Cavalry. His few remaining letters home are poignant and filled with concern for his family in Redfield. It was during a battle in the hills of South Korea that Don was last seen alive on September 12, 1950. The Army declared him dead 3 years later on January 1, 1953. His body has never been identified, discovered or returned.
      In March 2012 Ivan Hambly who served with him contacted Shawn Doyle, Ivan served with Don and over him. Ivan was wounded and removed from combat just before this. They had 28 men at the last assault on the hill in the Pusan perimeter, and had captured a North Korean commander. Ivan says that Don deserves higher honors including a purple heart. Ivan says that Don was involved in the rescue of an American officer, Marine Corp captain. They had been surrounded for two days and were behind enemy lines. Ivan wanted the family to know Don was "a real hero".
      As a young man in Redfield Don enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was well thought of by his family, particularly his Aunts. A promising youth, a life cut short in it's prime. Only a few photos of Don survive.