Burt Williams Andrews, Jr., ’42
Burt W. Andrews, Jr., was born on March 16, 1921 in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in Washington, D.C.. His father, Burt Sr., was originally from Orangeburg, South Carolina, and had graduated from The Citadel in 1898. As a young man he had moved to the District of Columbia to attend the law schools of George Washington and Georgetown universities. He went on to serve as attorney in the office of the comptroller of the treasury and the department of justice and as chief of the legal division, prohibition unit, Internal Revenue bureau.
Burt, Jr., entered The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina to major in English and was a member of Cadet Company C his first three years at the college. His brother, Joseph, was two years ahead of him at the college. Burt, Jr., won the Oratorical Contest his freshman and sophomore years, was a member of the Calliopean Literary Society all four years, and earned Gold Stars for his high grades. A Cadet Platoon Sergeant his junior year, he served on the Regimental Staff as a Cadet First Lieutenant his senior year with the function of Regimental Plans and Training Officer. Burt W. Andrews, Jr. graduated from The Citadel, and, like almost all his classmates, immediately entered military service on May 30, 1942.
1Lt. Andrews was serving with the 135th Infantry Regiment, 34th Division, 5th Army, in Italy when he was seriously wounded in the battle for Naples-Foggia. He was returned to the U.S. for medical care and was honorably discharged on February 28, 1946. However, he never recovered and eventually died from his wounds on November 3, 1946.
1Lt. Andrews now rests in peace in Section S, Lot 034 at Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C. along with his brother, 2Lt. Joseph Andrews, Class of 1940, a glider pilot killed in action in Southern France on August 15, 1944, and his father, Burt W. Andrews, Sr., Class of 1898, who died on December 26, 1946.
Photo courtesy of The Citadel Archives and Museum, Charleston, South Carolina.
The State, Columbia, S.C., Sunday, December 29, 1946.
1942 Sphinx, The Annual of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, Charleston, South Carolina.
National Archives (NARA), U.S. Headstone Applications for Military Veterans.