Written by Lauren Ohnesorge
Tuesday, 10 July 2007 20:00
Family members of World War II soldier Lawrence
Burkett were recognized by Cully Tarleton last week at a special presentation
in West Jefferson.
Burkett, killed in action on December 11, 1944, was finally
laid to rest in Ashe County last month. Burkett’s remains were found last year
near the France-Germany border and DNA testing led to his identification.
Burkett was drafted when he was 28- and left behind a wife, two daughters and a
son. While his children survive, his wife, Dora, died without knowing his
whereabouts. Tarleton drafted a resolution recognizing Burkett as a “true
American hero and patriot.” Tarleton hand delivered copies to Burkett’s children,
Kathy Gentry, Gladys Shatley and Bill Burkett last Friday.