Washington County native Samie Burns, a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross for extreme bravery and risk of life in actual combat with an enemy force during World War II, passed away in Florida recently. Burns, was cremated upon his death, and a service will be held at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Springfield on Wednesday, June 12.
The cross earned by Burns is the second-highest award of valor behind the Medal of Honor, and connects to a story that Ken Begley shared in a previous issue of The Sun.
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