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ROBERT LEON BROWNLEE

  • Wall Name:ROBERT L BROWNLEE
  • Date of Birth:11/17/1947
  • Date of Casualty:11/20/1968
  • Home of Record:EL PASO
  • County of Record:EL PASO COUNTY
  • State:TX
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Line:38W, 14
  • Casualty Province:PR & MR UNKNOWN

THOMAS JOHN BURTON

THOMAS JOHN
BURTON
  • Wall Name:THOMAS J BURTON
  • Date of Birth:11/16/1947
  • Date of Casualty:11/20/1968
  • Home of Record:POMPANO BEACH
  • County of Record:BROWARD COUNTY
  • State:FL
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Line:38W, 15
  • Casualty Province:BINH DUONG

KEVIN GAIL BURKE


is honored on Panel 38W, Line 14 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Thank You

    Posted on 8/17/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik Bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear Lt Kevin Burke,
    Thank you for your service as an Infantry Unit Commander. I wish that you had not passed in the same month as your birthday. sigh. It is important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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  • Distinguished Service Cross Citation

    Posted on 11/20/16 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    Kevin Gail Burke
    Date of birth: 9-Nov-44
    Date of death: Killed in Action
    Home of record: Anita Iowa
    Status: KIA

    AWARDS AND CITATIONS

    Distinguished Service Cross


    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Kevin Gail Burke (ASN: 0-5539311), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company A, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry, 196th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division. First Lieutenant Burke distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 20 November 1968 as a platoon leader on a combat sweep operation near the village of Tan My in Quang Tin Province. During a battle with a large force of North Vietnamese regulars, Lieutenant Burke volunteered to lead fifteen men to rescue several wounded and dead comrades who lay at the base of a hill. Throwing hand grenades and firing his rifle, he came within twenty meters of the hostile positions as he worked his way down the hill. After reaching the casualties, he supervised their evacuation and remained behind to provide covering fire, killing at least five of the communists. When his men had escaped, Lieutenant Burke attempted to rescue a seriously injured man who lay next to an enemy bunker. Braving North Vietnamese machine gun fire, he charged the fortification and while returning fire with his rifle, was mortally wounded by the hostile fusillade. First Lieutenant Burke's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

    General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 392 (February 4, 1969)

    Action Date: 20-Nov-68

    Service: Army

    Rank: First Lieutenant

    Company: Company A

    Battalion: 4th Battalion

    Regiment: 31st Infantry Regiment, 196th Infantry Brigade

    Division: Americal Division
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  • NEVER FORGET

    Posted on 6/6/16 - by BILL MILLER bill.miller@coralind.com
    SERVED WITH KEVIN IN S-1 WHILE I WAS RECOVERING FROM WOUNDS. HE WAS A GREAT PATRIOT AND BRAVE MAN. HE HAS BEEN IN MY MEMORY EVERY DAY SINCE 11/20/68. GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU.
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  • To A Hero

    Posted on 3/2/15 - by Bob Marotta
    I remember you fondly from our days at Notre Dame and thank you for your sacrifice on behalf of the nation. May God Bless you!
  • I still Remenber

    Posted on 3/3/14 - by Doc Stafford
    LT
    You are still im my heart and i will always honor your memory. You gave so much to me and your county . Thanks for allowing me to seen what a hero you were that fateful day in november. I saluate you and your memorary .
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

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