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Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice


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Those Who Died That Others Might Be Free

 

Raymond Burroughs

 

Date and Place of Birth: 1918 Harris County, Texas
Date and Place of Death: February 12, 1943 Knoxville, Tennessee
Baseball Experience: College
Position: Unknown
Rank: First Lieutenant
Military Unit: 6th Ferrying Group US Army Air Force
Area Served: United States

Raymond W Burroughs was born in Harris County, Texas. He attended Abilene Christian College where he excelled at baseball.

 

Burroughs entered military service on September 27, 1941 and joined the Ferrying Command as a pilot. On February 12, 1943, First Lieutenant Burroughs was piloting a Lockheed P-38 Lightning from Long Beach, California that was involved in a mid-air collision with another P-38, 14 miles north of Knoxville, Tennessee.

"I would like to say a word for Raymond Burroughs, a very conscientious and ambitious workman," Ivo Woosley - former Abilene Christian baseball coach - told the Abilene Reporter-News on February 21, 1943. "He always put everything into every job as was demonstrated by a willingness to play anywhere on the team. He could pitch, catch, and play infield or outfield and turn in a nifty performance at any of them. Baseball was his sport, and I'm sure all interested in the city league will miss him as much as I do."

Added September 18, 2008.

 

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