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Interview of Clarence "Ossie" Burch - member of Merrill's Marauders in WWII

Clarence "Ossie" Burch was interviewed by William Sherman Oxendine on March 7, 1990. Most of the conversation focused on Burch's military career.

Clarence "Ossie" Burch was born on October 10, 1914 and died on March 19, 2000.  A native of Knox County, Kentucky,  Burch served in many campaigns with Merrill's Marauders on the Burma Road and is mentioned in two books entitled Merrill's Marauders. After the war, in 1947, Burch reorganized the local National Guard units from southeastern Kentucky  and headed the Barbourville Guard. He retired with the rank of colonel.

Burch also was known for his involvement with American Fidelity Bank in Barbourville and for his involvement as an athlete and later a coach in sports programs, including coaching at Tupelo in Mississippi. In 1984, he was recognized for his key support in the revival of football at Union College.

 

Listen to interview of Ossie Burch - Side 1

Listen to interview of Ossie Burch - Side 2

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