Tuesday, February 21, 2017

WW2 Fallen - Arthur Burke, 26th Infantry Division

Soldiers who served with Major Burke in 328th Infantry Regiment.

Arthur W. Burke could have been 100 years old today. 

He was born on February 21, 1917 in Massachusetts. Ancestry.com did not have any census data on Arthur.

He joined the army on his 20th birthday in 1937. He was a major in the 328th Infantry Regiment, 26th Infantry Division. The Division arrived in France in September 1944. It was part of the 9th Army and by October was reassigned the the 3rd  Army. It participated in the Battle of the Bulge. 

Major Burke died on March 14, 1945 when his unit was advancing from the Saar River to the Rhine River. There would not have been more than a dozen majors in the 328th Infantry Regiment, so I was surprised I did not find more details about the death of Major Burke. Perhaps he was a victim of a sniper since he would not normally have been in a dangerous position on the front line.

His remains were returned to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Thank you Arthur for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for Arthur.

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