T. Moffatt Burriss
T Moffatt Burriss Skip ahead to 8:40 for his story or read the transcripts.
( Narrator) Moffatt was given orders to stay put. But the young captain decided to jump in a jeep with 2 other men to see just what lay ahead of his division unfortunately he stumbled into the German army.
Moffatt: We drove about 40 miles about half way to Berlin and ran head to head into a German armored corp. Just hundreds of tanks half tracks and trucks and probably 15,000 or so troops
( Narrator) Moffatt needed an plan and quick..
Moffatt: I got out and went to the lead vehicle which had a German captain in it, he spoke English and I said I here to accept your surrender, He looks back and says are you crazy? Three men and a jeep? I said I have a whole army of paratroopers and tanks right behind me and the Russians right behind you. Do you want to surrender to us or to them. He said wait a minute. He called a conference of about 3 or 4 other German officers he came back and walked up to me and pulled his pistol out and I thought OH NO, not here in the last few days of the war..then he turned it around and handed it to me.
( Narrator) Moffatt and his two man army had somehow managed to secure the surrender of an entire German Panzer corps and he would be taking home a fine war souvenir
T. Moffatt Burriss is a native of Anderson, South Carolina. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University in 1940. Professionally, Mr. Burriss served as President and Chairman of Burriss Construction Co., a commercial and industrial construction company, from 1950 until 1990. He also served as Executive Vice President of BIPEC, S.C. Business and Industry Political Education Committee from 1992 until 1999. Mr. Burriss is the author and distributor of the book entitled "Strike and Hold." Politically, Mr. Burriss served in the SC House of Representatives from January 1977 until September 1991 and during this time served as the Minority Leader for nine years. Mr. Burriss is an Elder and charter member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C. Active in the military, Mr. Burriss served from 1942 until 1945 where he was a member of the 3rd BN., 504th Parachute Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division. He also served for 2 ½ years in the European Theater, invasion of Sicily and Italy, liberation of Holland, Battle of the Bulge, Ruhr Pocket, Rhine crossing and advance to Berlin. Mr. Burriss is the recipient of the Silver Star, three Bronze Stars, Purple Heart, three Presidential unit citations, French Fourragere, Belgium Fourragere and Dutch Lanyard. Mr. Burriss retired as a Major. Mr. Burriss is active in numerous civic and business organizations including past president of Executives Association of Greater Columbia, Executives Club of Columbia, Lions Club Board Member, Presbyterian Home of S.C. Board, Medical Missions Board, Life member Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, US Army Reserve Association, just to name a few.