Born in 1919 in Anderson, South Carolina, and still going strong today, Thomas Moffatt Burriss has lived what you might call a full life. During his time on Earth Burris has been a school teacher, raised four children, founded a successful building company and spent almost 15 years as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

That list of accomplishments might be more than enough for any one lifetime. But, in fact, Burriss will almost certainly be remembered by posterity for something else entirely: his service with the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II. It was a service packed with incident, to say the least.

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