Burgert was born in 1917 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
He entered service on the 26th of January of 1942, and right
after basic infantry training he enlisted for the Paratroopers.
He joined the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment and served
with H-Company, making his 1st combat jump over Normandy
during D-Day, and his 2nd during Operation Market Garden.
He was awarded the 'Purple Heart' with 'Oak Leaf Cluster'.
Burgert was buried at the temporary allied cemetery at Son.
His remains were later transferred to Margraten Cemetery.

In November of 2015, we were honored to receive a photograph
of Howard Burgert from Ida Veragene Lytle (Burgert) Gerhold.
Ida was married to Howard R. Burgert, when he was Killed In
Action in the Netherlands. Her granddaughter, Kara Holsopple
contacted 'Stichting Adoptie Graven' after the publication of an
article on 'Adoption of WWII US Wargraves', in a newspaper.
For my family (we adopted several graves), it's a true honor to
be able to add a 'Face' to this adopted grave. Lest we Forget!



Dedication - The Face behind the Grave


Memorial Day at the US WWII Cemetery - Margraten - The Netherlands


Paratrooper Research Team - Faces Beyond the Graves - Pfc. Howard R. Burgert - H-Co - 502nd PIR - 101st A/B Division