PFC Robert C. Burke-USMC Essay

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PFC Robert C. Burke-USMC

5 January 2002
ROBERT C. BURKE
PFC Robert Charles Burke on 7 November 1949 in Monticello, Illinois and enlisted in the
Marine Corps from Chicago, Illinois. The Marine died on 17 May 1968 in the Southern Quang
Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam (South). He received the Congressional Medal of Honor
posthumously for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and
beyond the call of duty. PFC Burke was serving as a machine gunner with Company I, 3d
Battalion, 27th Marines (3/27), 1st Marine Division (REIN), FMF.

The citation, which was signed by then President Richard M. Nixon, reads as follows:
"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
call of duty for service as a machine gunner with Company I on Operation ALLEN BROOK.
Company I was approaching a dry river bed with a heavily wooded tree line that borders the
hamlet of Lee Nam, when they suddenly came under intense mortar, rocket propelled
grenades, automatic weapon 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. Pfc. Burke, without hesitation, seized his machine gun and launched a series of
1-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
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