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Robert Charles Burke

 

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Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
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, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Monticello Cemetery

Born:  November 07, 1949 at Monticello, IL

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Chicago, IL

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism May 17, 1968 at Go Nai Island, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam

Died:  May 17, 1968 at the age of 18

Private First Class Burke's company was approaching a dry river bed with a wooded tree line near the hamlet of Le Nam when they came under intense mortar, rocket propelled grenades, automatic weapons and small-arms fire from a large, well concealed enemy force which wounded several Marines. Realizing that key points of resistance had to be eliminated to allow casualties to be evacuated, he seized his machinegun and launched a series of one-man assaults. As he maneuvered to the edge of the steep river bank, he delivered accurate fire on several bunkers, which enabled his comrades to advance and move the wounded Marines to positions of relative safety. He located an automatic weapons emplacement and poured intense fire into it, killing three North Vietnamese soldiers. He then fearlessly moved from one position to another, quelling hostile fire until his weapon malfunctioned. Obtaining a casualty's rifle and grenades, he advanced into enemy fire in an assault against another pocket of resistance, killing two more enemy. Seeing that a fellow Marine had cleared his malfunctioning machinegun he grasped his weapon and moved into a dangerously exposed area and saturated the tree line until he fell mortally wounded.

 

 

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