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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 05/01/1838 Stavoren, Netherlands. d. 15/03/1911 Kansas.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 03/10/1862 Franklin, Virginia.

 

Burbank was born in Stavoren, Friesland in the Netherlands on 5 January 1838 and migrated to the United States. He enlisted into the 1st Rhode Island Volunteers on 16 April 1861 at Providence, Rhode Island. He was promoted to second sergeant and later served as a non-commissioned first sergeant. Burbank served an 11 month stint with the navy, on detached service. It was during this service that he performed the act of gallantry that earned him the medal of honor. On October 1862 he was aboard the Commodore Perry at Black Water, near Franklin, Virginia. He served with outstanding bravery despite heavy fire and despite thirteen shots piercing his coat.

 

Following the war Burbank married Mary A. Burns, who had emigrated from Glasgow, Scotland, and they resided in Rhode Island. He subsequently moved to Missouri and then Kansas. Their marriage produced seven children.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

Gallantry in action while on detached service on board the gunboat Barney.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: MILTONVALE CEMETERY, MILTONVALE, KANSAS.

 

James Hilbrands Burbank

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