Colonel Burtner was born on 8 January 1920. He served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He died on 23 June 1987 and was buried in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery (150-E). His son, Paul D. Burtner, was killed in an automobile accident in 1967 and is buried with the Colonel.
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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