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Harry died in March 23, 1963, in a traffic accident in Seattle, Washington. He was born June 23, 1918, in Dawson Spring, Kentucky. Harry lived in Columbia, Tennessee and was a graduated of Vanderbilt University in 1940 with a degree in Engineering. Harry was drafted into the Civilian Public Service in October 1942 and was working as a radio engineer at that time. He was among the first group of CPS men to report for smokejumper training and jumped all three years of the program. He was discharged in 1946 and worked for the American Friends Service Committee.
Smokejumping; Smokejumpers -- United States; National Smokejumper Association; Wildfire fighters; Obituaries
National Smokejumper Association, "Smokejumper Obituary: Burks Jr., Harry B. (Missoula 1943)" (2020). Smokejumper Obituaries. 381.