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Burke, Edmund Michael

Date of birth:
June 8th, 1916 (Enfield/Connecticut, United States)
Date of death:
February 5th, 1987
Service number:
0-276961
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant (junior grade)
Unit:
Special Operations, Office of Strategic Services (OSS), U.S. Government
Awarded on:
May 9th, 1949
For extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving with the Office of Strategic Services during combat operations against enemy force in enemy-occupied territory from 9 September 1944 to 17 October 1944. Landing by parachute behind hostile lines in Haute-Saone Province, France, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Burke fearlessly led patriot recruits in three actions against an enemy force which was superior in number and fire power and, exercising courage and strategic ability, contributed materially to the capture of forty-eight hostile soldiers, the killing of a larger number of troops, the liberation of forty-three hostages and the capture of quantities of enemy material. In addition, he voluntarily carried out three exceptionally hazardous reconnaissance missions and repeatedly risked his life while crossing and re-crossing the enemy's lines time after time to procure vital information of great value to the attacking United States Forces. His gallant conduct, initiative and devotion to duty throughout this hazardous mission reflects great credit upon Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Burke and the United States Naval Service.
Authority: Board of Awards: Serial 0678
Navy Cross
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant (junior grade)
Unit:
Special Operations, Office of Strategic Services (OSS), U.S. Government
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant, Junior Grade Edmund Michael Burke, United States Naval Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while executing an extremely difficult assignment during the invasion of Italy in World War II. With utter disregard for his own personal safety, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Burke carried out daring and intricate plans in the face of constant danger with brilliant success. His outstanding efficiency, extraordinary bravery and unswerving devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Silver Star Medal (SSM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
Office of Strategic Services (OSS)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
With four bronze service stars
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

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