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|48k||John Edward Burke was born on 24 January 1905 in Bismarck, N.D. He was commissioned ensign upon graduation from the Naval Academy in 1928. Burke saw service afloat
before serving as aircraft gunnery observer with the Battle Force Torpedo School. Service in USS Wasp (CV 7) was followed by periods of training duty. On 02 February 1942
Lt. Comdr. Burke reported to South Dakota (BB 57) at the New York Shipbuilding Corp. in Camden, N.J., for duty as air defense officer. The battleship was commissioned on
20 March and, following shakedown training, headed for the Pacific. Just after midnight on 15 November 1942, South Dakota engaged a Japanese bombardment group under Admiral
Kondo off Guadalcanal. South Dakota took 42 hits which killed 30 crewmen and caused considerable damage. Lt. Comdr. Burke was one of those killed. Lt. Comdr. Burke was
posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.
USS Burke (DE 215) (1943-1949) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the US Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1928.)
|102k||03 April 1943: Philadelphia Naval Shipyard - USS Burke (DE 215) awaits her turn as USS Scott (DE 214) is launched.||Bob Hurst|
England, United Kingdom
|63k||June 1944 (USN photo #19N66900)||Nick Tiberio|
|442k||undated wartime image||Ed Zajkowski|
|View the USS Burke (DE 215) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Burke's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 20 Aug. 1943 - 16 Jan. 1944||Lcdr. Edwin Kevin Winn, USNR (Comm. CO)|
|2.) 16 Jan. 1944 - 28 Feb. 1945||Lcdr. William Lawrence Dommerich, USNR (Greenwich, Conn.)|
|3.) 01 Apr. 1945 - 31 Oct. 1946||Lcdr. Robert Emil Newmann|
|4.) 01 Nov. 1946 - 01 Feb. 1947||Lcdr. William Jerrold McNulty|
|5.) .. Mar. 1947 - .. Apr. 1947||Lt. John Raymond McKee, USNR|
|6.) .. Apr. 1947 - .. Jun. 1947||Lt. William Warren Kelchner|
|7.) .. Jun. 1947 - .. .... 1948||Lcdr Herbert Fox Rommel, Jr., USNR (Philadelphia, Pa.)|
|8.) 01 Jun. 1948 - 22 Jun. 1949||Lt. Thomas Francis Reddington, Jr. (Decomm. CO)|
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