From a contemporary press report:
BURWELL, HAROLD HUBERT
DC Police Department, Detective (Ret.)
On Saturday, August 2, 2003, HAROLD HUBERT BURWELL, 78, of Lanham, Maryland, passed away at Doctor's Community Hospital after a lengthy illness.
He was born March 3, 1925 in Mariana, Arkansas, the son of the late Homer S. and Willie Maye (Ellis) Burwell. Harold grew up in Meridian, Mississippi, and St. Louis, Missouri, before moving to Washington, DC, following military duty in the Army during WWII.
Shortly after arriving in DC, he joined the Metropolitan Police Department and served for 22 years, mostly as a detective in the Robbery and Homicide Squads. In 1965, Burwell was honored by the District of Columbia government for “outstanding courage and devotion to duty” with a Silver Medal for Valor and a bronze medal for “meritorious service” by the Metropolitan Police in 1963.
He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Ursula Olivia Burwell; one daughter, Carol Ann Burwell (Ralph) Jackson and two sons, Harold Tomas (Andrea) Burwell and Bryan Ellis (Dawnn) Burwell. He is also survived by three brothers, Milton, Terrance and John, one sister, Barbara; four grandchildren, Andre Lamont Burwell, Bryan Alan Burwell, Victoria Renee Burwell and Kendall Elizabeth Jackson, and countless, friends and family, including his nephew Francisco Roman, and two nieces, Linda Roman Barries and Rose Roman, whom he raised as his own children, and a cousin William Albert Jones, whom he considered his brother.
Harold will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on August 21, 2003 at 10 a.m.
BURWELL, HAROLD HUBERT
TEC5 US ARMY
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 08/07/1943 – 01/07/1946
DATE OF BIRTH: 03/03/1925
DATE OF DEATH: 08/02/2003
DATE OF INTERMENT: 08/21/2003
BURIED AT: SECTION 33 SITE 4101
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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