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A Tradition of Service Logo 75Horace Clinton Burnette

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Submitted by: Marshall Burnette {Grandson}


Horace Clinton Burnette born around 1887, Horace Burnette served in World War 1 with the United States Navy . The enlistment was in 1916 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service


My grandfather, Horace Burnette, joined the Navy in 1916 after losing his wife due to childbirth. This left Horace with two young sons to care for.

While on leave from his ship (where he served as a rated Water Tender) in Brest, France his ship received orders to quickly leave port and he was left behind. He reported to the nearest Navy office & was assigned duty as a shore patrolman.

While in France he met and married the beautiful Renee Le Fur and, after the end of the war, they returned together to the USA aboard the USS Leviathan.

Horace marched, with his unit, in the WWI Victory Parade through Paris under the command of General John J. (Blackjack) Pershing.

Horace and Renee had five children together. Horace's primary occupation was farming in both north and south Georgia. Five of his sons also served in the military with four of them being WWII veterans.

Horace died in 1967 followed by Renee in 1970. They left a legacy of many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They will always be missed.

Horace ReneeHorace Clinton Burnette and his wife Renee, who he met in France while on leave during World War I.

Horace Renee BufordHorace and Renee with son Buford