Lee in Berkshire County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
James Burt Veterans Memorial Park
Veterans Memorial Park
In Memory of Those from Lee Who Died During War
For Their Country
1917 – 1918
1941 – 1946
1950 – 1955
1961 – 1975
1990 – 1991
We honor the veterans of Lee who served in the Persian Gulf War and are thankful that they returned home safely
A Grateful Nation Salutes You.
authorized by Act of Congress on March 13, 1863, has
awarded in the name of the Congress
Medal Of Honor to:
James M. Burt
United States Army
President Harry S. Truman presents the
Medal of Honor to
James M. Burt for his heroic efforts during
World War II.
Awarded to Captain James M. Burt:
with Two Oak Leaf Clusters
Bronze Star Medal
Theater Service Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Participated in Three D-Day Invasions
On 13 October 1944, Captain James M. Burt, United States Army, was in command of Company B, 66th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Division, on the western outskirts of Wurselen, Germany. His organization participated in a coordinated infantry-tank attack destined to isolate the large German garrison which was tenaciously defending the city of Aachen.
In the first day's action, when infantrymen ran into murderous small-arms and mortar fire, Capt. Burt dismounted from his tank about 200 yards to the rear and moved forward on foot beyond the infantry positions, where, as the enemy concentrated a tremendous volume of fire upon him, he calmly motioned his tanks into good firing positions. As the attack gained momentum, he climbed aboard his tank and directed the action
The next day, when the enemy counterattacked, he left cover and went 75 yards through heavy fire to assist the infantry battalion commander who was seriously wounded. For the next 8 days, through rainy, miserable weather and under constant, heavy shelling, Capt. Burt held the combined forces together, dominating and controlling the critical situation through the sheer force of his heroic example. On October 15, to direct artillery fire, he took his tank 300 yards into the enemy lines, where he dismounted and remained for one hour giving accurate data to friendly gunners. Twice more that day he went into enemy territory under deadly fire on reconnaissance. In succeeding days he never faltered in his determination to defeat the strong German forces opposing him. Twice the tank in which he was riding was knocked out by enemy action, and each time he climbed aboard another vehicle and continued the fight. He took great risks to rescue wounded comrades and inflicted prodigious destruction on enemy personnel and materiel
Capt. Burt's intrepidity and disregard of personal safety were so complete that his own men and the infantry who attached themselves to him were inspired to overcome the wretched and extremely hazardous conditions which accompanied one of the most bitter local actions of the war. The victory achieved closed the Aachen gap.
October 12, 1945
The White House
(signed) Harry S. Truman
Location. 42° 18.414′ N, 73° 14.996′ W. Marker is in Lee, Massachusetts, in Berkshire County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 20) and Academy Street, on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lee MA 01238, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lee First Town Meeting (within shouting distance of this marker); Lee World War I Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stockbridge Civil War Monument (approx. 3.6 miles away); Paterson / Egleston (approx. 3.9 miles away); Stockbridge World War I Monument Stockbridge Vietnam War Monument (approx. 3.9 miles away); Stockbridge Korean War Monument (approx. 3.9 miles away); Stockbridge World War II Monument (approx. 3.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lee.
More about this marker. The park was dedicated October 12, 1998
Also see . . . James M. Burt on Wikipedia. (Submitted on July 5, 2015, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. • War, World II •
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