First Lieutenant Walter E. Burnett, Jr. was born around 1919. He was the only child of Walter E. and Georgia M. Burnett. He grew up in Knoxville living with his parents and uncle, Will A. Burnett. First Lieutenant Burnett served in the Pacific theater in the Corps of Engineers. He died on Wednesday, July 22, 1942. His death is listed as died non-battle, died in a Japanese prisoner of war camp on Luzon. He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery in Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines.

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