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Wilson E. Burrill (Col. USAF Retired) 1919-2021


Last updated 5/20/2021 at 3:04pm

Wilson passed away peacefully on April 30 in Bellevue, Washington.

Wilson (Wil) was born April 2, 1919, to Clyde and Mattie (Walker) Burrill in Gregory, South Dakota.

In his senior year of high school, the family moved to Lompoc, California, where he met the love of his life, Betty Gunderson. In July 1941, Wil and Betty married and continued a loving, caring relationship that would span 73 years, ending only with Betty’s passing in 2014.

Wil joined the Army Air Corp in 1941. On March 19, 1944, Wil’s B-17 was shot down. After bailing out over Austria, he was captured and interred as a P...

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