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Lawrence Burzynski collection

 Collection — Box: Single Folder Collections - 2007 Box, Folder: 07.0088 - Folder 1
Identifier: 02.07.0088

Content Description

This collection relates to Lawrence Burzynski, who enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1939 and was discharged in 1946 with the rank of Chief Electricians Mate. This collection contains a compilation of entries from Burzynski's diary during his seven years in the Navy. The diary provides an account of nearly every facet of U.S. Navy life during WWII and provides testimony on key moments of the war, including the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.


  • June 11, 1939 - June 30, 1946


Language of Materials

English .

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast works from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience must be requested and granted in writing by the director of the Institute. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Institute on World War II as the owner of the physical items and the copyright holder. Possession of a copy of an item does not constitute permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast it. The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience reserves the right to refuse permission to individuals and publishers who have not complied with its policies. Permission fees must be paid before images are provided. Please contact the director of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience for current publication and duplication rates.

Biographical / Historical

Lawrence Burzynski was born on August 1, 1919, in Benton, Illinois. Two years after graduating high school, he was inducted into the U.S. Navy in June of 1939. After receiving training at the San Diego Naval Training Station, Burzynski traveled with the U.S. Navy to a variety of locations, including the South Pacific, South America, and South Africa. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he operated mostly in the Philippines stationed on the USS Louisville. He was discharged in June of 1946 with the rank of Chief Electrician's Mate. Following discharge, he attended Anderson College with his wife Catherine. Lawrence Burzynski passed away on June 30, 2016, and is buried in Metropolis Memorial Gardens in Massac County, Illinois.


1 folders (1 folder)

Lawrence Burzynski collection 02.07.0088
Aidan A. MacKinlay
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Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository

Tallahassee FL 32306 US