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Pvt William Anthony Burke
Birth: Jun. 15, 1923
Death: Jun. 4, 1942

Marine Corps Lauds Burke for Record

Mrs. Ida Burke. 410 Fifth street southeast, has received a letter from Lieut. General T. Holcomb of the United States marine corps in which he informed her that her son, Pvt. William A. Burke, of the marine corps, "lost his life in action against the enemies of his country."

"Due to the military situation prevailing at the place of death it was necessary to bury the remains of your son at sea on June 6," the officer wrote.

Private Burke was killed in action on June 4 during the Midway island battle in which Yankee forces smashed a Japanese invasion armada.

"I wish to express my deepest sympathy to you and members of your family in your great loss," wrote the marine corps officer. He added, "There is little I can say to lessen your grief, but it is my earnest hope that the knowledge of your son's splendid record in the service, and the thought that he nobly gave his life in the performance of his duty may in some measure comfort you in this sad hour."

TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 1942, Page 14.

Family links: 
  Harry J. Burke (1890 - 1932)
  Ida Rose Fox Burke (1895 - 1987)
  William Anthony Burke (1923 - 1942)
  William A. Burke (1923 - 1942)*
  John "Jake" Francis Burke (1924 - 2006)*
  Robert James Burke (1926 - 2002)*
  Thomas Joseph Burke (1929 - 1937)*
*Calculated relationship
In Memoriam
Died on Midway

Note: See also Pvt William A Burke memorial in Honolulu Memorial virtual cemetery.
Elmwood Saint Joseph Cemetery
Mason City
Cerro Gordo County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Saint Joseph Block 1 (cenotaph)
Maintained by: Steven Tynan
Originally Created by: GeneGraver
Record added: Sep 26, 2008
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Pvt William Anthony Burke
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Pvt William Anthony Burke
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- D. Fox Engelhardt
 Added: Jul. 4, 2016
Thank You, Sir
 Added: Jun. 5, 2011
Our thanks for the service of Private Burke - the Fox family is very proud of this young man!
- D. Fox Engelhardt
 Added: Jan. 28, 2011
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