Tony K. Burris

Tony K. Burris

Infobox Military Person
name= Tony K. Burris
died= death date|1951|10|9
placeofbirth= Blanchard, Oklahoma
placeofdeath= vicinity of Mundung-ni, Korea

caption= Medal of Honor recipient
allegiance= United States of America
branch= United States Army
serviceyears= -1951
rank= Sergeant First Class
unit=Company L, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division
battles= Korean War
awards= Medal of Honor Purple Heart

Tony K. Burris was a soldier in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on October 8 and October 9, 1951.

Awards and decorations

Burris's awards include:



Medal of Honor citation

Rank and organization: Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, Company L, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division

Place and date: vicinity of Mundung-ni, Korea 8 and 9 October 1951

Entered service at: Blanchard, Okla. Birth: Blanchard, Okla. G.O. No.: 84, 5 September 1952.


:Sfc. Burris, a member of Company L, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty. On 8 October, when his company encountered intense fire from an entrenched hostile force, Sfc. Burris charged forward alone, throwing grenades into the position and destroying approximately 15 of the enemy. On the following day, spearheading a renewed assault on enemy positions on the next ridge, he was wounded by machine gun fire but continued the assault, reaching the crest of the ridge ahead of his unit and sustaining a second wound. Calling for a 57mm. recoilless rifle team, he deliberately exposed himself to draw hostile fire and reveal the enemy position. The enemy machine gun emplacement was destroyed. The company then moved forward and prepared to assault other positions on the ridge line. Sfc. Burris, refusing evacuation and submitting only to emergency treatment, joined the unit in its renewed attack but fire from hostile emplacement halted the advance. Sfc. Burris rose to his feet, charged forward and destroyed the first emplacement with its heavy machine gun and crew of 6 men. Moving out to the next emplacement, and throwing his last grenade which destroyed this position, he fell mortally wounded by enemy fire. Inspired by his consummate gallantry, his comrades renewed a spirited assault which overran enemy positions and secured Hill 605, a strategic position in the battle for "Heartbreak Ridge", Sfc. Burris' indomitable fighting spirit, outstanding heroism, and gallant self-sacrifice reflect the highest glory upon himself, the infantry and the U.S. Army.cite web
url =
title = "TONY K. BURRIS" entry
work = Medal of Honor Recipients: Korean War
date = July 16, 2007
publisher= CMH, U.S. Army

ee also

*List of Medal of Honor recipients
*List of Korean War Medal of Honor recipients



*findagrave|6403983 Retrieved on 2007-10-24
*cite web
url =
title = "TONY K. BURRIS" entry
work = Medal of Honor Recipients: Korean War
date = July 16, 2007
publisher= Center of Military History (CMH), United States Army

NAME= Burris, Tony K.
SHORT DESCRIPTION= United States Army Medal of Honor recipient

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