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Jefferson Davis 'Jeff' Burkett


Jeff Burkett

Date of Birth: July 15, 1921, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Date of Death: October 24, 1947, in Bryce Canyon, Utah (26 years old)


Hartford Courant - Published 10/25/47

The Reading Eagle - Published 10/25/47

He was aboard a United Airlines DC-6 plane when it crashed near Tropic Canyon

in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.  Fifty two people were aboard the flight,

all perished.



1947 Chicago Cardinals (NFL)


Louisiana State University (LSU)