ROBERT C BURKE
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HONORED ON PANEL 61E, LINE 24 OF THE WALL

ROBERT CHARLES BURKE

WALL NAME

ROBERT C BURKE

PANEL / LINE

61E/24

DATE OF BIRTH

11/07/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/17/1968

HOME OF RECORD

MONTICELLO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Piatt County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ROBERT CHARLES BURKE
POSTED ON 8.17.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC Robert Burke,
Thank you for your service as an Automotive Mechanic. 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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POSTED ON 5.17.2017
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Vietnam

Medal of Honor Citation

Robert Charles Burke
Date of birth: November 7, 1949
Date of death: May 17, 1968
Burial location: Monticello, Illinois
Place of Birth: Illinois, Monticello
Home of record: Chicago Illinois
Status: KIA

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Medal of Honor

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Private First Class Robert Charles Burke (MCSN: 2359360), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a machine gunner with Company I, Third Battalion, Twenty-Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in action at Le Nam (1), Go Nai Island, southern Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam on 17 May 1968. While on Operation ALLEN BROOK, Company I was approaching a dry river bed with a heavily wooded tree line that borders the hamlet of Le Nam (1), when they suddenly came under intense mortar, rocket propelled grenades, automatic weapons and small-arms fire from a large, well concealed enemy force which halted the company's advance and wounded several Marines. Realizing that key points of resistance had to be eliminated to allow the units to advance and casualties to be evacuated, Private First Class Burke, without hesitation, seized his machinegun and launched a series of one man assaults against the fortified emplacements. As he aggressively maneuvered to the edge of the steep river bank, he delivered accurate suppressive fire upon several enemy bunkers, which enabled his comrades to advance and move the wounded Marines to positions of relative safety. As he continued his combative actions, he located an opposing automatic weapons emplacement and poured intense fire into the position, killing three North Vietnamese soldiers as they attempted to flee. Private First Class Burke then fearlessly moved from one position to another, quelling the hostile fire until his weapon malfunctioned. Obtaining a casualty's rifle and hand grenades, he advanced further into the midst of the enemy fire in an assault against another pocket of resistance, killing two more of the enemy. Observing that a fellow Marine had cleared his malfunctioning machinegun he grasped his weapon and moved into a dangerously exposed area and saturated the hostile tree line until he fell mortally wounded. Private First Class Burke's gallant actions upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Action Date: 17-May-68

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Private First Class

Company: Company I

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 27th Marines

Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.) FMF
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POSTED ON 8.17.2016
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear PFC Robert Charles Burke, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 4.4.2016
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, MN

Peace with Honor

You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor Robert.
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POSTED ON 5.17.2014
POSTED BY: A Marine, USMC, Vietnam

Semper Fi, Marine.