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PFC Donald Walter Burks
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Birth: Jan. 2, 1933
Monroe County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jul. 27, 1950

He was with the 29th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division.

MOS 4745 - Light Weapons Infantryman


Bloomington Daily Herald-Telephone 02/05/1951

The Korean War has claimed the life of another Bloomington GI.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Burks, of 320 East University Street, received a War Department telegram Saturday night that their son, Donald, age 19(sic), was killed in action on July 27.

A previous telegram had notified the Burks family that Donald was missing in action as of that date. He was with the 29th Infantry Division. Before going overseas he was stationed in Texas, then was sent to Okinawa. While there he wrote the last letter his parents received from him.

A former BHS student, young Burks enlisted in the Army while 17 years of age. Before that he was employed at the Showers Furniture Factory.

In addition to his parents, Pfc. Burks is survived by two brothers, Charles Walters, of Indianapolis, and Robert Walters, of Spencer, a step-sister, Mrs. Pauline Thrasher, of Urbana, Illinois; and a step-brother, James Whickline, of Bloomington.


Bloomington Daily Herald-Telephone 02/06/1951

Pfc. Donald Burks, yesterday reported killed in action in the Korean War, was raised by a foster mother, the late Letha Burks, from age of 2 to 9 years. He was killed on July 27.

Survivors besides his foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Burks of 320 E. University, include a foster grandfather, Ora Crisp, of Spencer.


Bloomington Daily Herald-Telephone 11/03/1952

The body of Pfc. Donald W. Burks, Bloomington, who was killed in Korea on July 27, 1950, will be returned here Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. The parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Burks, 826 West Kirkwood, have received a War Department telegram informing them of the arrival of the casket on the Monon.


Bloomington Daily Herald-Telephone 11/07/1952

The body of Donald Walter Burks, private first class in the U. S. Marine Corps, who died of wounds in Hadong, Korea on July 27, 1950, at the age of 17 years, will arrive in this city late Saturday afternoon. The body will be taken to home of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Burks, 826 W. 5th Street, where friends may call after 7:30 p.m. The body will be accompanied by military escort and will be met on arrival by members of the local American Legion.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at the Salem Separate Baptist church. Rev. Everett Livingston and Rev. Press Freeman will officiate, and burial will be in Rose Hill cemetery.

Young Burks attended the Church of Christ and was a native of Monroe County.


Bloomington Daily Herald-Telephone 11/08/1952

Last rites for Pfc. Donald Walter Burks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Burks, 826 West Fifth, will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Salem Separate Baptist Church.

Pfc. Burks died of wounds received in action in Korea on July 27, 1950.

Officiating ministers at the rites will be Rev. Everett Livingston and Rev. Press Freeman. Music will be the Bruner sisters. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Flowerbearers will be Delores Nunn, Joyce Lyon, Betty Jo Stillion, Barbara Lyon, Virginia Rone, and Virginia Gregg. Pallbearers will be John Wilson, Charles Fox, George Vanderburg, George Carpenter Jr., Robert May, and Robert McNamara, all members on the local American Legion.

The body will arrive here at 5:58 p.m. today accompanied by military escort. The body will be met by the American Legion and the Day Funeral Home and will be taken to the residence where friends may call after 7:30 this evening.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Walter Burks (1902 - 1978)
  Marie N. Gregg Burks (1904 - 1978)
 
Burial:
Rose Hill Cemetery
Bloomington
Monroe County
Indiana, USA
 
Created by: Jim Bohn
Record added: Oct 18, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22283337
PFC Donald Walter Burks
Added by: Jim Bohn
 
PFC Donald Walter Burks
Added by: Jim Bohn
 
 
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