Oklahoma Casualties Database

World War II


Chief Electrician's Mate, U. S. Navy. Home address: Weatherford, Custer County. William Henry Burress, Father, Weatherford. Born April 11, 1916. Enlisted July 15, 1934. Decorations: Presidential Unit Citation; Naval Commendation Ribbon; Submarine Combat Insignia; Bronze Star Medal. Graduated from High School, Harrison, Arkansas, in May, 1934. Member of Methodist Church. The Presidential Unit Citation was awarded for' , outstanding performance and distinguished service', aboard the U. S. S. Greenling in war patrol; the Commendation Ribbon, "For distinguishing himself by outstanding service in a United States Submarine during a war patrol of that vessel' , ; the Submarine Combat Insignia, for "splendid performance of duty" aboard the Submarine U. S. S. Barbel in offensive war patrol in heavily patrolled enemy waters. The Citation with the Bronze Star Medal stated in part: ' , As Electrician's Mate in Charge, his skill and proficiency in maintaining his department in a high state of readiness materially assisted his Commanding Officer while conducting attacks which resulted in sinking more than 20,000 tons of enemy shipping." Departed aboard the U. S. S. Barbel from Fremantle, Australia, January 5, 1945, for patrol area in the South China Sea. First reported missing February 18, 1945. Died February 19, 1946 (official date), in line of duty aboard the Submarine U. S. S. Barbel lost in South China Sea.

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