Thursday, June 13, 2013

Happy Birthday, Lt Col(ret) Frank Burns, MD!

Lt. Col Frank Marion Burns was born on June 13, 1914. He grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana where he attended St. Jude's Academy, then Indiana University. During University he enrolled in the ROTC. He graduated in 1934 and then attended Indiana University School of Medicine-Fort Wayne. He graduated in 1940. When World War II broke out in 1941 he was immediately commissioned as an Army Major and was assigned to assist in military physicals at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis. He spent the entire war at this post, where he served adequately. When the Korean War broke out in 1950, Burns was assigned to one of the newly-created Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals that were set two miles from the front-lines. He was awarded a Purple Heart in 1951 after he was wounded by a shell due to the proximity of combat. After nearly two years of honorable service he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and transferred to Linville Medical Center in Indianapolis. He retired from the Army with full military honors in 1964. He died April 10, 1972 from a heart attack brought on by high blood pressure.*

*Well, it COULD be true.....! ;-)

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