Stewart Samuel Burr

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
31 May 1948 - 23 April 1969
Passaic, New Jersey
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Silver Star

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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04 Jan 2003

Stewart sat next to me in home room in High School . We always talked about sports. Stewart was not a natural athlete and I could tell he was impressed with my abilities as a pitcher for the baseball team and my God-given talent for athletics. Stewart however worked hard and found his niche, running cross country. I don't think he ever finished higher than 6th, but he worked harder than anyone I ever knew. He earned the outmost respect for his hard work and accomplishments.

I'm sure that quality made him the good Marine he was.

I saw Stewart during his last days in the states before he left for Vietnam, a chance meeting in downtown Passaic where we grew up. We spent the next couple of days getting together for movies etc..

Stewart was proud to serve his country. I was glad and privileged to have known him and to spend some time with him during his last days in Passaic.

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Stewart Samuel Burr is remembered on the
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial
The following exerpt is from that site:

I first met Stewart in 1964 when he became a member of the Passaic High School cross-country team of which I served as head coach.

As I recall, Stewart was very proud to be a part of the squad and enjoyed the camaraderie that went along with team participation. What he lacked in natural running talent he more than made up for in hard work, tenacity, determination and a desire to finish whatever task he undertook.

Stewart was always respectful, never complained, was somewhat shy and had a dry sense of humor that we all could enjoy.

Written by Larry Cirignano
Cross Country Coach, Passaic High School

2/9 Marines

During April 1969 the 2nd Bn, 9th Marines were responsible for the security of Route 9 from Dong Ha west to the vicinity of Khe Sanh. Contact with the enemy increased beginning 21 April, when Golf 2/9's night defensive position was attacked by an NVA force. On the night of 22/23 April Echo 2/9 moved to Dong Kio Mountain, 7 kilometers west of Cam Lo. On the morning of the 23rd the company position received mortar fire, killing 3 Marines, and a squad patrol got pinned in place when they located an NVA bunker complex. Additional Marines were dispatched to help and succeeded in assaulting through the enemy position - but at a cost of five men killed in action. The eight men who died were

  • 2ndLt Chester A. Molley, Morristown, TN
  • Sgt James A. Worthington, Washington, DC
  • LCpl Toby S. Rodriquez, Austin, TX
  • Pfc Stewart S. Burr, Passaic, NJ (Silver Star)
  • Pfc John H. McSwine, St Louis, MO
  • Pfc Darnell M. Payne, Falls Church, VA (Silver Star)
  • Pfc Willard H. Till, Raleigh, NC (Silver Star)
  • LCpl Richard P. Dextraze, Montreal, Quebec (H&S w/ E/2/9) (Silver Star)
They are remembered on the
2/9 Marines web site

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 4 Jan 2004
Last updated 10/18/2007