|Milford Burford was serving on the Rawleigh Warner when it was sunk by a U-boat.|
Milford M. Burford could have been 100 years old today.
He was born on February 15, 1917 in Mississippi. His parents were both born in Mississippi. His father was a railroad foreman and died in 1937. Milton had an older sister and a younger brother. By 1940 Milford had completed one year of high school and was still living with his mother.
Milford became a 2nd assistant engineer in the Merchant Marines. He was serving on the Rawleigh Warner, an American tanker with a crew of 33.
According to uboat.net:
At 06.11 hours on 23 June 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Rawleigh Warner (Master Jewel Homer Levingston) was hit by two torpedoes from U-67 about 40 miles south of South Pass, Louisiana. The cargo immediately burst into flames and engulfed the entire length of the ship. The tanker sank in less than ten minutes, leaving no survivors among the eight officers and 25 crewmen on board.
Milton's remains were never recovered.
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