Private Robert Lee Burdett

Private Robert Lee Burdett

Texas Rangers, Texas

End of Watch Monday, June 7, 1915

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Robert Lee Burdett

Privates Robert Lee Burdett and Charles Beall were members of Company B and stationed at Fabens in El Paso County. A group of men were drinking and were warned by the rangers to cease the disturbance. When they started yelling again, Burdett and Beall went into an alley where they were gathered and started to arrest them. A gun battle erupted and Burdett was shot just below the throat and was killed. Beall returned fire but the men escaped into Mexico. Captain Fox requested that Mexican authorities return the men, but they refused. Infamous bandit Pancho Villa controlled this part of Mexico and he executed three of the men for crimes they also committed in Mexico.

Burdett was 32 years old and was survived by his mother. He was buried in Mount Cavalry Cemetery in Austin in an unmarked grave. His name has been reported as Burdette in various reports.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 4 months, 1 week
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in Mexico

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Rest in Peace Texas Ranger Private Robert Lee Burdett. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of The Great State of Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family and ancestors. I also Pray that while your murderers may have escaped justice on this earth that their carcass' are now being consumed by the hounds of hell. May their screams of pain and agony as they burn in the lake of fire echo around their earthly grave!


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

June 7, 2016

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