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Henry T. Burgin, American army officer. Decorated Legion of Merit, Distinguished Service Medal; Fatigue de guerra, Chevalier de St. Maurice et Lazarus (Italy); Victory Medal, Purple Heart, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (United States).


Burgin, Henry T. was born on October 9, 1882 in North Middletown, Kentucky, United States. Son of Perry and Sithey Hedges (Gaitskill) Burgin.


Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1905. Distinguished graduate Coast Artillery School, Fort Monroe, Virginia, 1908. Honor graduate School of the Line, Command and General staff schedul, 1921.

Graduate staff class, Command and General Staff, 1922. Graduated from Army War College, 1923.


Commissioned Second lieutenant Artillery corpus, United States army, 1905, and advanced through the grades to major general October 1940. Served as major and Lieutenant colonel, div. ordnance officer, 41st Division, with American Expeditionary Forces in France, December 1917-March 1918, and then acting chief of staff of America troops on Italian Front. Has served at harbor defenses of Puget Sound, San Francisco and San Diego and field artillery at Fort Sam Houston and duty at Fort Monroe.

Foreign service at harbor defenses of Manila and Subic Bays, P.I., and on General Staff, Hawaiian Division. 3 tours of duty at Washington, District of Columbia, including acting chief of Commerce.A. Commanding 9th C.A. District, June 1937-August 1941.

Promoted major general, October 1, 1940. In command seacoast and anti-aircraft artillery troops, Hawaiian Department August 1941 to June 1944. Command Central Pacific Base Command, July 1944-October 1945.

Retired as major general, August 1946.


Married Winona Elizabeth Derby, November 7, 1911.

Perry Burgin

Sithey Hedges (Gaitskill) Burgin

Winona Elizabeth Derby