Veterans honor veterans at Burlingame

Two of Osage County’s remaining World War II veterans, CPL George E. Newton, right, and Ship Cook 3rd Class Donald D. Prescott, left, helped remember fellow veterans during this Memorial Day weekend.

Friday, Newton and Prescott joined Burlingame Fire Department, Burlingame Fire Explorers, Burlingame Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, and community members in placing flags on the graves of the veterans at the Burlingame Cemetery for the Memorial Day observance.

CPL George E. Newton served in the U.S. Army Infantry Dec. 9, 1944 to Nov. 12, 1946. Units and locations he served included State Side Camp Roberts, Calif., 89th Infantry Co. B 3rd Platoon; Overseas Co. E 19th Infantry 24th Division; Southern Philippines and Occupation Forces in Japan; and Honor Guard Co. for the 24th Division. Medals and awards Newton earned included Automatic Rifleman; Combat Infantryman Badge; Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; Army of Occupation Medal; WWII Victory Medal; Good Conduct Medal.

Ship Cook 3rd Class Donald D. Prescott served in the U.S. Navy April 14, 1944 to May 9, 1946. Units and locations he served included Landing Ship Medium and U.S. Naval Ship L.S.M. 182 (taking troops and supplies onto the beaches of the South Pacific). Medals and awards Prescott earned included Point System Victory Medal; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; and Philippine Liberation Campaign Ribbon.

Photos and information thanks to Keri Welch.

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