birth to death, Burt was a resident of New Britain, Connecticut.
Joining the Army after graduating from high school, Burt served
with valor and distinction. He earned two Bronze Stars and
four Purple Hearts during actions at the Battle of the Bulge
and in relief of Bastone.
Burt was a Charter
member of the Society of American Bayonet Collectors (SABC)
and belonged to many other notable collector organizations.
With his wife Paulette, Burt would travel throughout the US,
researching and sharing information. In later years, Burt traveled
with his friend Jay Sonneborn, to collector shows and meetings
along the eastern parts of the US. He had many respected friends
in historical circles.
and collecting of Springfield Armory artifacts spanned a period
of more than 50 years. Historians and collectors called him
upon with great frequency, and Burt always gave freely of his
time and knowledge. Part of his lifetime work was captured
in his book Swords and Sabers of the Armory at Springfield,
which has become the benchmark for collectors.
In writing and publishing
his book, Burt suggested that, “This was the best I could
do. It is a starting point, not and end. Others will find new
information, and hopefully, they will share it like I have.”
This site is dedicated
to keeping Burt’s memory and his wish alive. It is also
dedicated to his family, especially his loving wife Paulette.