Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1939

Arthur Burch ARTHUR ELMER BURCH, 80, was the son of Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Burch, born Aug. 10, 1920 and attended Ranger High School in the Class of 1939 at Ranger, TX. As an Army Staff Sgt. in WWII he was a veteran of the North African, Sicilian & Italian campaigns. He was wounded twice in action. He was first wounded on Sept. 14, 1943, during the invasion at Salerno and was again wounded on Feb. 12, 1944, at Cassino in Italy. He was awarded the Purple Heart & Oak Leaf Cluster. SSGT Burch entered the service on Sept. 20, 1940, and had been in foreign service since April 1, 1943. He attended school in Ranger and Graford and before going into service he was employed by the Stanolind Pipeline Company in Ranger. He married Lucille Blakney and they were living in Ranger when he died April 18, 2001.