From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Burton Brown '45

Date of birth: January 14, 1923

Date of death: February 26, 1945

Age: 22

Lucky Bag

From the 1945 Lucky Bag:

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Ensign Burton James Brown (NSN: 0-389399), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Machine Gun Control Officer on board the Destroyer U.S.S. PORTERFIELD (DD-682), in action against the enemy during a night surface engagement on 26 February 1945, in the Pacific off the South East Coast of Japan. With the utmost disregard for his own personal safety, Ensign Brown refused to seek shelter from the intense enemy fire directed against the area in which he was controlling the battery, but remained fully exposed at all times. By his outstanding and courageous action he set an example that inspired not only his entire battery but all personnel aboard. His skill and courage were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander In Chief Pacific Fleet: Serial 032079 (March 12, 1945)
Action Date: 26-Feb-45
Service: Navy
Rank: Ensign
Division: U.S.S. Porterfield (DD-682)

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Class of 1945

Burton is one of 59 members of the Class of 1945 on Virtual Memorial Hall.