HISTORY NEBRASKA MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID
RG0836.AM: Raymond Burleigh, 1905-
Letter, clippings, etc.: 1918-1921
Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska: Soldier
Size: One folder
Raymond Burleigh, eldest son of J.R. and Dora (Tunberg) Burleigh, was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, on August 14, 1905. Using the assumed name of Fred De Reaux, he enlisted at Kansas City, Missouri, in June of 1917 when he was just eleven years old. He was said to be the “Youngest Yank” in the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. He returned to Nebraska after being discharged in 1920. After returning to Nebraska he married a former school mate, Corinne Buffum. They moved to Ravenna, Nebraska, where he went to work for the Burlington Railroad.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
This collection consists of 1920 and 1921 clippings from Omaha, Nebraska, newspapers relating to Raymond Burleigh, who was said to be the “Youngest Yank” in the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. The articles include pictures of Burleigh; his wife, Corrine Buffum Burleigh; and Miroslav Marek, the “youngest veteran of all the armies of the World War.” There is also a brief family history and a letter Burleigh wrote under his alias, Fred De Reaux, December 14, 1918, to his mother Mrs. James R. Burleigh, while he was in France.
Letter, clippings, etc.
Burleigh, Corinne (Buffum)
Burleigh, Raymond, 1905-
De Reaux, Fred
World War I
Revised TMM 02-03-2016