COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Beloved World War II veteran and former South Carolina state lawmaker T. Moffatt Burriss passed away on Friday. He was 99 years old.
He was a published author, a successful businessman, a public school teacher, an elected member of the General Assembly, and the first Minority Leader in the State House of Representatives.
In 2014, Major T. Moffatt Burriss was recognized by Senator Joel Lourie and Representative Beth Bernstein for his heroism and service.
Burriss was a concentration camp liberator during World War II.
“We need to remember what happened in World War II and the sacrifices that were made by these men. To preserve the peace that we are enjoying right now,” Burriss told WIS in 2010.
The heroism of Burriss and his WW II Army unit was depicted in the 1977 film A Bridge Too Far. On his 90th birthday, he parachuted into the same area in Europe where he jumped as an Army Ranger during the war.
In 2000, his memoirs Strike and Hold was published. In them, an U.S. Army article from 2012 says he felt the need to “come to terms with war by talking about it and reliving it with men who’ve shared similar experiences.”
His funeral is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. at Lake Murray Presbyterian Church, 2721 Dutch Fork Road in Chapin. The family will receive friends following the service.