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BURTON, ALEC CECIL
BURTON, Alec Cecil Was born March 2, 1926, in Vancouver, Canada, the son of Alec and Margaret Burton. He passed away in Prescott, Ariz., on February 10, 2011.Cecil graduated from AVJUHS on May 26, 1944, and on May 27, 1944, he was on a train bound for Ft. MacArthur where he was inducted into the U.S. Army. He was proud of his service during the war, assigned to the 71st Inf. Div., 66th Inf. Reg., 3rd Batt., Co. 'M.' Cecils job assignment was in the 81 MM Mortar Platoon as a mortar man. While in Europe he would travel over 800 actual combat miles out of the over 2,000 miles he travelled with the 7th and 3rd Army. With eight river assaults, the 66th penetrated farther east than any other U.S. combat unit. They accepted the surrender of the Germans on May 7, 1945, and liberated several concentration camps in Austria. Cecil was assigned to the Army of Occupation after the war ended, then to rest and rehabilitation camp. He was honorably discharged with the rank of private, first class after two years in the army. He received many medals including the Bronze Star Ð Rhineland Campaign and a letter of commendation from General Eisenhower. After the war, Cecil worked at the Tropico Gold Mine in Rosamond. He was a reserve deputy sheriff in Kern Co. and worked at EAFB employed with the Civil Service in jet engine test and development for the Air Force. He earned a teaching credential from UCLA and taught mining and assaying classes at AVJC. A favorite poem of Cecils was written by a gunner in Co. M, Pfc. Leo Sims: Your combat days are over The grim work now is done. Your work in blood and glory Will be told in years to come. Cecil is survived by his wife Letty Burton; three sons, Michael G. Burton (Jane) of Atascadero, Calif.; Terry Lee Burton of Mojave, Calif.; Gary Burton Lucas (Eileen) of Warwick, Ma.; two grandsons, Zack and Corey Lucas; two granddaughters, Dawn Jimenez of Castaic, Calif., and Ginger Reich of Bakersfield, Calif.; and two great-grandchildren, Andria and Corbin Reich. Funeral arrangements by Mumaw Funeral Home. Graveside services will take place at 1 p.m., Friday, February 18, 2011, at Lancaster Cemetery.

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