John William Burden was born in Elbert County, Georgia. Son of John Gipson Burden and Ramie Vistula. He was married to Emma Nell Greenway. Children: Dolores Marie Burden and John Dale Burden, Kurt Wilburn Bocian.
Memorialized at Manila American Cemetery, the Philippines and at Vans Creek Baptist Church Cemetery at Elberton, Georgia.

John Burden entered the service from Hawaii. He served on the U.S.S. Whippoorwill and was transferred to the U.S.S. Preble (DM20) on 20 September 1939. He was honorable discharged while at Pearl Harbor on the Preble on 5 October 1939 and reenlisted the next day on board for 4 full years. On 20 July 1942 he was transferred to the U.S.S. Chevalier (DD451). On 3 October 1943 he agreed to extend enlistment for the period of years while on board of the Chevalier. He was missing in action on 6 October 1943 as a result of action against the enemy. He was officially declared dead on 7 October 1944.

The Atlanta Constitution, 9 November 1943
John Wilburn Burden, son of Mrs. Ramie Vistula Burden, of Elberton, Ga., is listed as missing by the Navy Department.

  • Rank: Chief Machinists Mate
  • Date of birth:
  • 29 October 1899
  • Date of death: 7 October 1944
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Elberton, GA
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Theater: USS Chevalier (DD451)
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XI, Middle Panel
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