Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
September 29, 1924 at Tichnor, AR
Entered Service in the US
Army from Stuttgart, AR
01, 1999 at the age of 74
The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism on October
28, 1951 at Chong-dong, Korea
When enemy fire
pinned down leading elements of his company, First Lieutenant
Burke left the command post to rally and urge the men to follow
him toward three bunkers impeding the advance. Dashing to an
exposed vantage point he threw several grenades at the bunkers,
then, returning for an M1 rifle and adapter, he made a lone
assault, wiping out the position and killing the crew. Closing on
the center bunker he lobbed grenades through the opening and, with
his pistol, killed three of its occupants attempting to surround
him. Ordering his men forward he charged the third emplacement
while catching several grenades in midair and hurling them back at
the enemy. Inspired by his display of valor his men stormed
forward, overran the hostile position, but were again pinned down
by increased fire. Securing a light machinegun and three boxes of
ammunition, Burke dashed through the impact area to an open knoll,
set up his gun and poured a crippling fire into the ranks of the
enemy, killing approximately 75. Although wounded, he ordered more
ammunition, reloading and destroying two mortar emplacements and a
machinegun position with his accurate fire. Cradling the weapon in
his arms he then led his men forward, killing some 25 more of the
retreating enemy and securing the objective.