photo of Mansel R. Burrell
photo of Mansel R. Burrell

Mansel R. Burrell


September 23, 1944 - December 19, 1967

Federal Bureau of Narcotics Agent Mansel Ross Burrell was killed by drug traffickers on December 19, 1967 in Gary, Indiana while working undercover in a heroin investigation. He was 23 years of age at the time of his death. Special Agent Burrell was the youngest federal narcotics agent ever to die in the line of duty.

Agent Burrell joined the U.S. Department of Treasury's FBN in September 1966 and was assigned to the Chicago, Illinois office. Prior to this, he attended Black Hawk Junior College, Moline, Illinois; Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri; and graduated from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois in 1966 with a bachelor's degree in math. He was survived by his parents, Willard and Mary Eugenia Ross Burrell; a brother, Edsel Willard Burrell; and a sister, Mrs. Ethel Bogguess.

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