Burke, Francis Xavier, MAJ

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Major
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1941 - 1945

Infantry

Major



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1918
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Burke, Francis Xavier (MOH), MAJ.
 
Contact Info
Home Town
Manhattan, New Yor
Last Address
Arneytown, New Jersey

Date of Passing
Sep 06, 1988
 
Location of Interment
Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery - Wrightstown, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section KN, Grave 1894

 Official Badges 

Honorably Discharged WW II French Fourragere


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Congressional Medal Of Honor SocietyMedal of Honor
  1945, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1945, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in World War II in the United States Army as a First Lieutenant in the 15th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Nuremberg, Germany on April 17, 1945. His citation reads "He fought with extreme gallantry in the streets of war-torn Nuremberg, Germany, where the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry, was engaged in rooting out fanatical defenders of the citadel of Nazism. As battalion transportation officer he had gone forward to select a motor-pool site, when, in a desire to perform more than his assigned duties and participate in the fight, he advanced beyond the lines of the forward riflemen. Detecting a group of about 10 Germans making preparations for a local counterattack, he rushed back to a nearby American company, secured a light machinegun with ammunition, and daringly opened fire on this superior force, which deployed and returned his fire with machine pistols, rifles, and rocket launchers. From another angle a German machinegun tried to blast him from his emplacement, but 1st Lt. Burke killed this guncrew and drove off the survivors of the unit he had originally attacked. Giving his next attention to enemy infantrymen in ruined buildings, he picked up a rifle dashed more than 100 yards through intense fire and engaged the Germans from behind an abandoned tank. A sniper nearly hit him from a cellar only 20 yards away, but he dispatched this adversary by running directly to the basement window, firing a full clip into it and then plunging through the darkened aperture to complete the job. He withdrew from the fight only long enough to replace his jammed rifle and secure grenades, then re-engaged the Germans. Finding his shots ineffective, he pulled the pins from 2 grenades, and, holding 1 in each hand, rushed the enemy-held building, hurling his missiles just as the enemy threw a potato masher grenade at him. In the triple explosion the Germans were wiped out and 1st Lt. Burke was dazed; but he emerged from the shower of debris that engulfed him, recovered his rifle, and went on to kill 3 more Germans and meet the charge of a machine pistolman, whom he cut down with 3 calmly delivered shots. He then retired toward the American lines and there assisted a platoon in a raging, 30-minute fight against formidable armed hostile forces. This enemy group was repulsed, and the intrepid fighter moved to another friendly group which broke the power of a German unit armed with a 20-mm. gun in a fierce fire fight. In 4 hours of heroic action, 1st Lt. Burke single-handedly killed 11 and wounded 3 enemy soldiers and took a leading role in engagements in which an additional 29 enemy were killed or wounded. His extraordinary bravery and superb fighting skill were an inspiration to his comrades, and his entirely voluntary mission into extremely dangerous territory hastened the fall of Nuremberg, in his battalion's sector". His Medal was issued on January 9, 1946.

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award


 
 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment
  1944-1945, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Southern France Campaign (1944)
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