In Memory of
John E. Burke
Roswell, South Dakota
September 5, 1911 – October 29, 1944
Killed in Action in France
John E. Burke was born on September 5, 1911, in Roswell,
South Dakota. He lived with his mother, Mrs. Letitia Burke, on 832 West Seventh
St., Sioux Falls, SD. John was survived by five siblings. Three of them were
his sisters Margaret of Sioux Falls, and Wilma and Mrs. R. G. Lugenbeel of
Washington, D.C. Two were his brothers Pvt. Robert Burke, stationed at Camp
Blanding, Fla., and Sgt. Eugene Burke, stationed at Camp Le Jeune, Calif.
John Burke attended
Cathedral schools in Sioux Falls, and he graduated from high school in 1929.
After graduating from high school, John was employed as a mailer for the Sioux
Falls Argus Leader newspaper. He was also a very active member of the
Sioux Falls Elks Lodge. In February, 1943, John E. Burke entered the Army in
the fighting of World War II. He was sent overseas on September 1, 1944. Burke
had been assigned to scout targets for the artillery and had been overseas only
six weeks when he was killed.
Army Corporal John E.
Burke sacrificed his life for the United States and will be remembered for his
faithful service to his country.
This entry was respectfully submitted by Amber Vanderzee and
10th grade, Sioux Falls Christian
High School, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, April 1, 2002. Information for this
entry was provided by the December 1, 1944, edition of the Sioux Falls Argus