Pfc. John Brient Burleson


Madisonville Cem., Monroe Co., Tn



Pfc. John B. Burleson buried here Sunday

Funeral services for Pfc. John Brient Burleson, 25, son of the late John R. Burleson, Jr. and Mrs. Myrtle Burleson, were held Sunday afternoon at First Baptist Church, Rev. Creed McCoy of Knoxville and the pastor, Rev. C.J. Veatch officiating. Burial was in City Cem.

Survivors include his mother, one brother, Robert T., his grandmother, Mrs. T.A. Nelson of Philadelphia.

John died of wounds received in action on Okinawa. He entered the service in April, 1942, and died May 8, 1945. The body arrived in Madisonville at 3:10 P.M. Fridayh and was taken to the home of his mother. The V.F.W. Post had charge of the service at the grave.

Pallbearers were Alfred Mason, Jr., Charles Greenwood, James Witt, Hugh McMurray, J.R. Lewis, Ross White, Ernest Houser of Sweetwater and Jack Peace. The firing squad was composed of Ben Frank Sands, C.S. Sands, Dock Akins, George Sharpe and Carl Robinson, with Malcolm Henry in charge. Taps was blown by a T.M.I, student. The military escort who came with the body from Atlanta was Cpl. Robert McCormic of near Charlotte, NC.

Flower girls were members of Mrs. Burleson’s Sunday School Class.

Among those from out of town who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Burleson, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. T.O. Burleson, Mrs. Jim Ferguson, Mr. and Mrs. N.E. Burleson, Jr., Miss Carrie Margaret Burleson, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Rudder, Mr. Kenneth Rudder, Mr. and Mrs. John Burleson, Mr. Tom Burleson, Mr. Arrie Burleson, Rev. and Mrs. C.S. McCoy, Miss DeLois Hicks, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Berry, Mr. and Mrs. W.K. Burleson, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Tallent, Bill Brakebill and Miss Nancy Jon Sloan all of Knoxville, Mrs. T. A. Nelson, Mrs. Earl Mills, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Laudermilk, Rev. And Mrs. Tillery, Mr. and Mrs. Rich Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Band Reed, Philadelphia, Mr. and Mrs. Venas Brown, Mrs. Reed Humphreys and Mrs. Clara Humphreys Moles, Tellico Plains, Mr. Ernest Houser, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Sands and Mr. and Mrs. Anderson Godsey, Sweetwater, Mrs. Frances Morgan Boyd, Oak Ridge, Mrs. Charles Seaton, Miss Wilda Seaton and Albert Griffith, Maryville. Mr. and Mrs. C.S. Brown, Etowah, Miss Lorraine Worley, Chattanooga, Miss Ruth E. Williams, Vonore.


U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946


John B Burleson

Birth Year:



White, Citizen (White)

Nativity State or Country:


State of Residence:


County or City:




Enlistment Date:

10 Apr 1942

Enlistment State:


Enlistment City:

Camp Forrest


Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA

Branch Code:

Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA



Grade Code:


Term of Enlistment:

Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law


Army of the United States - includes the following: Voluntary enlistments effective December 8, 1941 and thereafter; One year enlistments of National Guardsman whose State enlistment expires while in the Federal Service; Officers appointed in the Army of


Civil Life




4 years of high school

Civil Occupation:

Semiskilled mechanics and repairmen, motor vehicles

Marital Status:

Single, without dependents







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