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Burlington in Coffey County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Lieut. William Fitzsimons

The First To Fall

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., January 11, 2015
1. Lieut. William Fitzsimons Mural
Inscription.

In Memory of
First Lieutenant
William T. Fitzsimons, M.D.
1889 - 1917

Born in Burlington on April 18, 1889, Dr. Fitzsimons spent his childhood here, then graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1912.

Shortly after World War I broke out in 1914, he volunteered his services to the Allied cause and spent a year treating casualties in England and Belgium. When the United States officially entered the conflict, he returned to active duty with the Army Medical Reserve Corps.

Just a few weeks later - on September 7, 1917 - Dr. Fitzsimons was killed during a German air attack on his field hospital in France, making him the first American officer killed in action in World War I.

Dr. Fitzsimons was buried in France.
 
Location. 38° 12.337′ N, 95° 44.375′ W. Marker is in Burlington, Kansas, in Coffey County. Marker is on 4th Street (U.S. 75), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 409 Cross Street, Burlington KS 66839, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Marion Ellett "Most Easy" Budd (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Coffey County Republican (approx. 0.7 miles away);

Lieut. William Fitzsimons Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 11, 2015
2. Lieut. William Fitzsimons Mural
Burlington, Kansas (approx. 0.7 miles away); Coffey County Veterans Memorial Park (approx. 0.8 miles away); 8 Elements of Kansas Exploring (approx. 0.8 miles away); Coffey County, Kansas (approx. 0.8 miles away); Coffey County Fairgrounds (approx. 1.1 miles away); Coffey County Fair (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Burlington.
 
More about this marker. Mural is about 300 feet west of 4th Street.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Fitzsimons Mural. (Submitted on February 1, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Lt William T. Fitzsimons MD: Good and Faithful Servant. (Submitted on February 1, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. A Death in France, September 7, 1917. (Submitted on February 1, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. (Submitted on February 1, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismScience & MedicineWar, World I
 
Lieut. William Fitzsimons Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 11, 2015
3. Lieut. William Fitzsimons Mural
Lieut. William Fitzsimons Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 11, 2015
4. Lieut. William Fitzsimons Mural
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 216 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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