James R. Burgess
Courtesy of Champaign County Historical Archives,The Urbana Free Library.
November 21, 2013

Steve Burgess recalls his father, James R. Burgess Jr.

Steve Burgess reveals his journey of discovery about his father, James R. Burgess, pictured, Champaign County's first African American State's Attorney. Steve learned about his father's role in World War II after his father died. James Burgess was a first lieutenant commanding one of six African American tank companies in the famous 761st Tank Battalion that served under General George Patton, including at the Battle of the Bulge.

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