Burke, William Ervin, III, HM3

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Last Rank
Hospital Corpsman Third Class Petty Officer
Last Primary MOS
HM-8404-Field Medical Service Technician
Last MOSGroup
Navy (FMF)
Primary Unit
1966-1966, HM-8404, H&S Co, 3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)
Service Years
1959 - 1966

Hospital Corpsman Third Class Petty Officer

 
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Home State
Oregon
Oregon
Year of Birth
1941
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Roseburg, OR
Last Address
Roseburg, OR

Casualty Date
Mar 22, 1966
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Quang Ngai (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Willamette National Cemetery - Portland, Oregon
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel 06E Line 037/Section F Site 7422

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)
  1966-1966, HM-8404, H&S Co, 3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)/Operation Texas / Lien Ket 28
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
PHOUC LOC (1), 9 KM W-NW OF QUANG NGAI CITY 1966MAR22-23
UTM grid reference is BS565765

During Operation TEXAS after the morning search and clear missions, with Company "I" held in reserve and used as a blocking force, "K" and "L" Marines began their sweep through the village complex of Phu Loc in Son Thinh District. Both units were immediately taken under enemy fire which intensified as the moved forward.
 
The Marines ran into a well- fortified village with bunkers and trench lines extending well over 800 meters in length. 82 mm mortars, RPG's and heavy machine-guns were trained on the Marines as the enemy fought ferociously, air strikes and artillery was called in to break the enemies will to fight. The battle continued the early morning hours of March 23, Company K had six men wounded and three killed in action, Company L's casualties numbered twenty five wounded and four men killed in action.

HM3 Burke was one of the casualties, he was killed in action as a result of hostile rifle fire.
   
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Service number 5315862
   
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