Paul Ray Burnette was born in 1926, the son of Joseph Henry Burnette and Mayme I. Monday.
He was buried at sea and is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery in Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines

Burnette served on the U.S.S. Perry (DMS17) and was transferred to the U.S.S. Minneapolis (CA36) on 13 September 1944.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, October 10, 1944
Seaman First Class Paul Roy Burnette, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Henry Burnette, of Knoxville, has been killed in action, the Navy Department reported today.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, October 15, 1944
Paul Ray Burnette, seaman first class, died of wounds received in action Sept. 13, according to notification received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Henry Burnette, Route 8.
Seaman Burnette, 17, had been in the service a year. Memorial services will be held at Marbledale Baptist Church. Surviving, besides his parents, are two brothers, Clyde Burnette, with the U.S. Army, and Charles Burnette, with the U.S. Marines; and a sister, Shirley Anne.

  • Rank: Seaman First Class
  • Date of death: 13 September 1944
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Division/Assignment: USS Minneapolis (CA36)
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Top Panel
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