John Jay Burney, Jr. Personal Papers
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- Burney, John Jay, Jr., 1924-2010 (Person)
Burney, Jr. was attached to Company A, 1st Battalion, 254th Infantry Regiment, 63rd Infantry Division, and after intensive training was sent to the European Theater of Operations in 1944. He was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded in action, and also received the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster. He has maintained close ties with the men he served with, and many of the residents of the towns of Colmar and Jebsheim, and was successful in his effort to erect a Jebsheim Memorial in tribute to all who fought and lost their lives there. Judge Burney and wife Betty visited Colmar and Jebsheim on the 50th anniversary of the battle, and he has returned frequently to this area in remembrance of a most important part of his life. This collection contains, papers, Journals, newsletters, personal letters, and Regimental rosters referencing continued involvement.
Burney, Jr. returned to North Carolina, and Wilmington after WWII. His family roots are thought to originate with William Burney, Sr. 1710, in Bladen County, known as Horseshoe Swamp and Middle Swamp. Actual documentation of the family line begins with James Burney known as Jas, b. circa 1773. He, his father and brother Louis, attended Wake Forest College obtaining both B.S. and LLB degrees. Both father and son served as Solicitor 8th Judicial District, and both have served as Deacon Trustee's at St. Andrews - Covenant Presbyterian Church. John Jr., was elected State Senator representing 10th District in North Carolina General Assemblies, his father became a Superior Court Judge. It was during this period as member of the State Board of Higher Education, he proposed a bill that Wilmington College be incorporated into the University of North Carolina system. He served as a Trustee at UNCW from 1981-1989, Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1982 through 1984, and Chancellor of the Search Committee in 1990. He was rewarded with a building on Campus bearing his name.
16.6 Linear Feet (Contains 42 document boxes and 1 oversize box)
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