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 Edward Joseph Burke

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Edward Joseph Burke

Birth
Larksville, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death
18 Aug 1967 (aged 59)
Burial
Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot
Sec: 7, Site: 9922 L.H
Memorial ID
49223636 View Source

Navy Cross Citation
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain Edward Joseph Burke (NSN: 0-62696), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. PLUNKETT (DD-431), during Landing Operations at Anzio, Italy, on 24 January 1944. When his ship was subjected to the simultaneous heavy attacks of enemy bombers and torpedo planes, Captain Burke maneuvered his vessel with extreme skill and directed intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire on the hostile planes. Although the PLUNKETT suffered six near misses and a direct bomb hit during the sustained and vigorous engagement, he fought his ship so heroically that two of the enemy aircraft were destroyed and a third was observed retreating in smoke. Captain Burke's courageous leadership and decisive action throughout reflect great credit upon himself, his command and the United States Naval Service.

Navy Cross Citation
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain Edward Joseph Burke (NSN: 0-62696), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. PLUNKETT (DD-431), during Landing Operations at Anzio, Italy, on 24 January 1944. When his ship was subjected to the simultaneous heavy attacks of enemy bombers and torpedo planes, Captain Burke maneuvered his vessel with extreme skill and directed intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire on the hostile planes. Although the PLUNKETT suffered six near misses and a direct bomb hit during the sustained and vigorous engagement, he fought his ship so heroically that two of the enemy aircraft were destroyed and a third was observed retreating in smoke. Captain Burke's courageous leadership and decisive action throughout reflect great credit upon himself, his command and the United States Naval Service.

Gravesite Details

R/ADM U.S.N.


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