In Memory of
Army Corporal
John E. Burke
Roswell, South Dakota
Minnehaha County
September 5, 1911 October 29, 1944
Killed in Action in France

John E. Burke

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 Samantha Schuety,

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 Leader newspaper.