Gen. A. M. Burdett Jr.
Dies In San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Lt. Gen. Allen M. Burdett Jr. (U.S. Army-Ret.) died Tuesday in San Antonio after a brief illness.
Burdett, who spent a number of years in Asheville, N.C, with his parents and who married the former Antoinette Salley of Asheville, had been commander of Fort Sam Houston, Texas, prior to his retirement two years ago.
He previously had commanded Fort Rucker, Ala., and had received many awards for service in Europe, Korea, Vietnam and in the United States following his graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1943.
He is survived by his wife; three sons, Allen III and William M. Burdett of Hendersonville, N.C, and Douglas M. Burdett of San Antonio; a daughter, Margaret B. Burdett of San Antonio; and two grandchildren.
Services will be held Friday in Sam Houston Chapel In San Antonio followed by burial at the National Cemetery in San Antonio.
His parents, the late Col. and Mrs. A.M. Burdett Sr., resided at 253 Country Club Road after moving to Asheville from Atlanta. Ga.
After leaving West Point, Burdett served as a rifle company commander with the
63rd Infantry Division in Europe in 1943, returning to the U.S. in 1947 to become an ROTC instructor at Georgia Tech. Alter attending the Infantry School, he was assigned to the
508th Airborne Regimental Combat Team.
Burdett completed the Command and General Staff College and joined the Seventh
Infantry Division in Korea in 1953. In 1955 he became the Army representative In the office of the commandant of the new Air Force Academy. In 1959 he joined the staff of the Army Aviation School before being assigned as executive officer to the Assistant Secretary of Army
for Research and Development for three years.
In June 1965 he joined the 11th Air Assault Division at Fort Benning and helped reorganize it as the 1st Cavalry Division, going with it to Vietnam as commander of the 11th
After a Washington assignment, he returned to Vietnam as assistant division commander for maneuver elements of the 101st Airborne Division.
Burdett earned a master's degree from George Washington University in 1965.
His military awards included the Silver Star; Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman's Badge; the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross and Republic of Vietnam's Parachutist Badge.
[Asheville Citizen-Times, Asheville, NC, 09 Jul 1980, Wed, Page 10]
[courtesy of "LKAT"]
Grave marker for Alan M.
Burdett in Section A, C Site 336-A, Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery,
San Antonio (Bexar county), Texas.
Alan entered the US
Military Academy at West Point on 1 July 1940. He graduated on 31
My 1943 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt the following day.
Hew served with Hq Hq,
508th ARCT during the early 50s.