Army uniform from Korean War era given to local veteran
An Army uniform from the Korean War era was presented to Phyllis Burgh of Florence on Dec. 19 at the monthly meeting of the Veterans Gang Breakfast Meeting at Golden Corral. Mrs. Burgh served in the Army during 1953 and received training as a clerk typist, as well as some tank driving instructions, while stationed in Virginia.
She has been very instrumental in assisting many of the veteran’s organizations in this area for many years. She holds membership in many of them and she assisted the “Toys For Tots” program this past year. A friend of Mrs. Burgh contacted the director of the Frank Dunlap Foundation saying that Phyllis was in bad health and was planning her funeral arrangements. Military service meant so much to her that she wanted to be buried in a uniform, but she had lost hers.
This uniform was difficult to find because it had only been produced for four years before the color was changed. However, a uniform was found in a tank museum in Virginia. The Frank Dunlap Foundation was created in 2010 by CB Anderson and named after a WWII POW, Frank Dunlap, a survivor of the Bataan Death March. A uniform had been donated to Dunlap and it meant so much to him that he wanted to see a foundation started to provide uniforms for other veterans to be buried in if that was their desire.
Anderson told Mr. Dunlap that he would try to get a foundation started and, if he did it would be named in Dunlap’s honor. “Mr. Frank” passed away before the foundation was established, but today it is serving its purpose. Three uniforms were donated this year. Formed as a 501©-3 tax deductible organization, The Frank Dunlap Foundation began collecting class “A” dress uniforms for the purpose of donating to the families of deceased veterans who wanted to be buried in a uniform but had lost theirs.
The family has to submit an application to the foundation with a copy of a form DD-214 with an honorable discharge. If the foundation has the uniform, it will be donated. If they don’t have the uniform, they will purchase one if they have time and funding. Such was the case with Phyllis. Tax deductible receipts may be issued for the donation of dress uniforms, regardless of branch of service. To make uniform or cash donations, call CB Anderson, the founder and director of the foundation, at 843-346-2123.