Burrell and Gene
One of our baseball games
High School Staff
at the age of 28. He attended
Infantry O.C.S. in Georgia and was
commissioned a second lieutenant.
|He shipped to the
where he was assigned to the 30th Infantry Division (a Tennessee
His assignment as a company communications officer earned him two
Stars for extraordinary performance of duty under fire. With two
enlisted men he strung telephone wire between his company's C.P. and
C.P.s of adjoining companies during combat.
The 30th Division freed the Dutch city of Maastricht from the
Later in the war, Burrell's assignment was to set up a displaced
camp near there for Dutch civilians. He won a commendation for
As reported by long time friend Gene Herbener who obtained this information form Burrell's widow on May 31, 2003.
From the: Allegan County News ....November 12, 2003
FENNVILLE-A book has been donated to the Fennville Area Library as a tribute to a former Fennville High School teacher. Gene Herbener has presented a book of World War II memoirs to the library in memory of Burrell H. DeYoung, who taught in Fennville in the late 1940s and early 50s. The book, "Through the Valley and Back: Memoirs of an Infantryman," was written by Frank M. Buckingham, who served with DeYoung in that war.
According to Todd Reed, Fennville Area Library director, the
typewritten pages in the book have been professionally bound with a
hard cover by Sue Toth*. Reed said the library has
not decided whether the book will be loaned out or kept for reference
On the dedication plate, Herbener has written, "This gift is
dedicated by Gene Herbener to the memory of the late Burrell H. DeYoung
(MAJ. MNG. RET), a friend and fellow teacher 1948-1953, and who taught
Professor Herbener more about the art of teaching than did all those
Teacher Education Courses in teacher's college."
Also on the dedication page is a well-worn WW II photo of
Maj. Gen. Leland S. Hobbs pinning the Bronze Star on the chest of 1st
Lt. DeYoung, Route1, Hamilton, Mich., in Magdenburg, Germany in
1944..SEE photo above.
DeYoung served with Buckingham in the 30th Infantry Division
(Old Hickory), Ninth U.S. Army, through the Battle of the Bulge in
1944. Lt. DeYoung earned two Bronze Stars for his combat role in the
war to liberate "Festung Europa." Later he received a commendation for
his role as officer-in-charge of repatriation of Dutch displaced
persons in the Maastricht area.
Herbener said that DeYoung never once mentioned his wartime
exploits to him in the years they taught together. He learned of them
from DeYoung's widow Mintie. She was the one who suggested that the
book should be in the Fennville Library. DeYoung's stepdaughter, the
former Sharren K. McCallister, and a 1960 Fennville High School
graduate, agreed. She is now a school administrator in Lansing.
Herbener said it is ironic that the library in Fennville
stands now on the location where he and DeYoung taught. DeYoung went on
to teach at West Ottawa High School.
After the war, DeYoung and Buckingham were faithful
participants in the reunion activities of the 30th Division until they
* Sue Toth, "owner of Books Bound to be Used, Edwardsburg. (616)641-7545 :: fx(616)641-7545 :: BksBd2BUsd@aol.com" -