RUPERT M. BURSTAN, CAPT, USMC
Rupert Burstan '15
Date of birth: April 1, 1894
Date of death: September 19, 1918
From the 1915 Lucky Bag:
Unable to determine which unit he was commanding; the 1918 Navy Directory lists him aboard the battleship USS North Carolina.
He is buried in Pennsylvania.
Memorial Hall Error
Some contemporary reports have him as a Major. (Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1919 has Captain.) Posthumous promotion?
While death from illness is not normally considered an operational loss, believe that conditions on the Western Front in WWI likely justify the characterization.