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I just got an e-mail informing me that Col Ed Burke pass away today.
May he rest in peace.
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Here is some more info about Col. Burke. I just received an email from Rosie telling me of the passing of Ed Burke today. He was in the hospital with a blood clot and pneumonia in addition to lung cancer. I'll send out more information as I get it. Please forward to anyone I may have left out. Jim He was a patriot and a truly selfless volunteer. The Society will sorely miss him, as will his fellow vets. Duty First, First to Battle! VR, CHB Christopher H. Beckert COL, IN Special Asst. To CSA 703-695-1058 PNT RM 3D514 Juan
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Rest In Peace Ed. You will long be remembered.
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It was a shock to learn that Ed Burke had passed away. He was a great asset to the Society of the 1st Infantry Division and the 28th Infantry Association. He will be missed!
Rest in peace Ed and God Bless. Larry Grzywinski
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There are more comments on the BRO Reunion Thread, up near the top.
[B]BLACK LION, SIR!![B/]
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MAY GOD KEEP YOU BROTHER ED IN HIS ARMS.................................
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Just got this info from Gen. Anson.
Ed Burke's death notice in the Washington Post read, in part, as follows: "Edward J. Burke, Colonel, USA (Ret), died on Thursday, August 5, 2010. Funeral services at Fort Myer Chapel on Monday, November 15, 2010, at 8:45 a.m. Interment with full Military Honors in Arlington National Cemetery."
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May God bless the soul of Colonel(Ret) Edward Burke and may God bless his family and friends. I read about Colonel (Ret) then Captain Burke in the book "The Beast Is Out There" about the battle of Ong Thanh on 17 October 1967 when he commanded C 2/28th Infantry Black Lions. Edward Burke along with so many other combat commanders and officers was a great leader of Soldiers from the First Infantry Division "Big Red One" (as we are all unique in our special ways). May his country, family, friens and other combat brothers in arms pray for his soul, give him respect, honor him and give to him a final farewell salute to this Vietnam War Veteran for him to rest in peace (RIP). I DO SALUTE YOU COLONEL(RETIRED) EDWARD BURKE. NOLI ME TANGERE!
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I would see Ed once a year at the Army Divisions Association meeting. We would talk during the breaks about fishing. A real nice fellow. I knew him for quite a while before I learned he was a retired Bird. So easy going I thought he was an old Sgt. like myself.
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God rest Col Ed Burke's soul. I saw his picture in the book by General Shelton and recognized him as Eddie Burke from Jamaica Plain in Boston, graduate of Boston College HS, great hockey player and brother of Joe Burke. Do i have the right guy? I thank him for his service. I served with the 1st Cav as a Lt. in 1967. Thank you. Paul Horrigan
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You have the right guy, but the wrong unit. He served as a Company Commander in the 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry. CPT W.K. Benson, USA-Ret D.M.O.R. 2nd US Infantry
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to Wild Bill:
Thanks for the confirmation on Eddie Burke and i will continue to keep him in my prayers. As a matter of coincidence, when i was traveling into Vietnam in 67', several of your 1st Div brothers were finishing up their tours and were in the same quarters. On the bunk above me was Capt Carpenter the USMA, lonely end, and he was raising hell and ready to head to the US. Always stuck in my mind especially when i found out what kind of tour he had in 67. Thanks for your service and for your response. God Bless you. Captain Paul Horrigan 191st MID, 1st Cav (Airmobile)