Burkett, William W., Jr.

William Burkett, Jr., despite his thin frame, was an exceptional football player for MTSU (then STC) and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943. A German sniper killed Sargeant "Little Wille" as he attempted lead his squad through a hedgerow near Brest, France, on August 28, 1944, earning him a Purple Heart.


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