PVT William Lee Burk was born 19 Feb 1925 in Finley, Oklahoma to Thomas Robert and Betty Mahala (Parrott) Burk. His father worked in a lumber mill and in road construction. In 1940 the family owned their home valued at $500 near Finley. Thomas reported 1939 earnings of $1000 and William had just entered the work force. In 1943 William was working for Clark and Stockton in Finley.
After entering the service, William was assigned to B Company 116th Infantry. He probably participated in the D-Day landings. On 29 Jun 1944, PVT Burk was killed in action.