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.