|Published: 9:16 AM, 12/27/2012
Author: Staff Report
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
Monroe County has lost a World War II
hero and undoubtedly one of its oldest veterans.
James Elmer Burnette, 96, of Sweetwater
passed away Tuesday.
Burnette was a U.S Army soldiers who
stormed Normandy Beach during World War II with thousands of other
young American heroes.
For a country boy, raised as a
sharecropper, being drafted into the U.S. Army was a big event in his
life, his daughter Louise Barnes recalled in a 2011 article she
submitted for The Advocate & Democrat's Hometown Heroes special
Born in 1916, raised in Roane and
Loudon Counties, at age 26 Elmer was drafted and trained in several
U.S. camps, including Fort Hood, Texas. He was then sent with his
troop to New York via train, and recalls going with soldiers to
Jack Dempsey's bar in New York and was awed by the sights of the huge
city. He had never seen dancing on ice, and wanted to see
Hollywood Canyon but this was on the other side of New York and they
did not have the pass time to go.
See full story in the Sunday, Dec. 26, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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