Burke, John J.

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John J. Burke and Lois Marie Burke Marriage Photo - 1946 or 1948


John Joseph Burke was born in 1916 in Brooklyn, the son of William Burke and Mary or Margaret. His brother was:


When John Burke enlisted on November 16, 1945, he had four years of high school.



Knox - Pvt. John Burke of the U. S. Army, stationed at Fort Jay, has been visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Adams.

Altamont Enterprise - January 28, 1944

Sergeant Burke was a veteran of World War II, who had remained in service for a total of nine years. For some time he was stationed in Schenectady on recruiting duty, and later at Jamestown, before being transferred to the New Jersey station.

His serial number was 32998065.

He served in the North Africa and the European Theater of Operations and on returning to this country last (1946) reenlisted.

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 about John J Burke[1]
Name: John J Burke
Birth Year: 1916
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: New York
State of Residence: New York
County or City: Albany

Enlistment Date: 16 Nov 1945
Enlistment State: New York
Enlistment City: Camp Upton Yaphank
Branch: No branch assignment
Branch Code: No branch assignment
Grade: Sergeant
Grade Code: Sergeant
Term of Enlistment: One year enlistment
Component: Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men) Source: Enlisted Man, Philippine Scout or recall to AD of an enlisted man who had been transferred to the ERC

Education: 4 years of high school
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 08
Weight: 210

Staff Sgt. Burke Joins Local Recruiting Staff

Staff Sgt. John J. Burke, a veteran of wartime operations in the European theater; has been transferred to the U.S. army and air force recruiting service here from the engineer research and development laboratories, Yuma, Ariz.

A native of the Helderberg area, Sergeant Burke's home is in the town of Knox. During the war he served in the Fifth army at Anzlo and with the 45th division in the southern France and German campaigns. He holds the purple heart with cluster for wounds received while fighting in the Vosges mountains, in addition to the combat infantry badge, European theater of operations medal with three stars and one arrowhead, and the victory medal.

The sergeant's father, William F. Burke Sr., was recently retired as a warrant electrician from the U.S. navy after 39 years of service.


Marriage & Children

John Burke married Lois Marie Freeburn, the daughter of Oscar Freeburn of Duluth, Minn. on July 10, 1946. Their son was:

  • Michael William Burke

Burke- Brewer

Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Freeburn Brewer of Duluth, Minn. have announced the marriage of their daughter Lois Marie to John Joseph Burke of Altamont RD 1 sergeant in the United States Army. The wedding took place July 10 at the Lakeside Bethany Lutheran Church in Duluth, Minn. Burke is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Burke of Altamont and Brooklyn and was employed at the Voorheesville Holding and Reconsignment Point prior to entering the army. He served in the North Africa and the European Theater of Operations and on returning to this country last year reenlisted.

Altamont Enterprise - July 12, 1946


John J. Burke died Friday, July 7, 1951.


John J. Burke Obituary - Altamont Enterprise — Friday, July 13, 1951

Sergeant Burke Dies In Crash Saturday

An Altamont Army sergeant was killed, and a woman companion was injured near Langhorne, Pa., last Saturday (Friday, July 7, 1951) when their car crashed into a cinder pile at the dead-end of a four-lane spur of a main highway.

The victim was Sgt. John J. Burke, 35, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Burke of R. D. 1, Altamont.

His companion, WAC Cpl. Doris Gaunt, 24, of Ridgewood, Md, was seriously injured.

Pennsylvania State Police said the accident happened near Route 281, one mile east of Langhorne.

Both Sergeant Burke and Corporal Gaunt were stationed at Camp Kilmer, N, J.

Sergeant Burke was a veteran of World War II, who had remained in service for a total of nine years. For some time he was stationed in Schenectady on recruiting duty, and later at Jamestown, before being transferred to the New Jersey "station.

A native of Brooklyn, Sergeant Burke had been a permanent resident of the Altamont-Knox area for many years. His father, William Burke, is a retired warrant officer of the U. S. Navy.

Besides, his parents, Sergeant Burke is survived by his wife, Lois-marie Burke; a son, Michael William Burke; and a brother, William F. Burke, Jr.

Funeral services and burial were at Arlington National cemetery, Va., Wednesday, afternoon.

Altamont Enterprise — Friday, July 13, 1951

Died BURKE — July 7, Sgt. John J. Burke, U.S.A. suddenly at Langhorne, Pa., husband of Mrs. Lois- marie Burke; father of Michael William Burke; son of Warrant Officer William F. Burke U. S. N., Ret., and Margaret E. Burke; brother of William F. Burke, Jr. Funeral services and burial were at Arlington National cemetery Wednesday afternoon.

Altamont Enterprise - July 13, 1951

Census Records

1920 United States Federal Census about John J Burke[1]
Name: John J Burke
[John F Burke]
Age: 3
[3 6/12]
Birth Year: abt 1917
[abt 1916]
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1920: Brooklyn Assembly District 9, Kings, New York
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Son
Marital Status: Single
Father's Name: William F Burke
Father's Birthplace: New York
Mother's Name: Mary E Burke
Mother's Birthplace: Rhode Island
Household Members:
Name Age
William F Burke 36
Mary E Burke 37
John J Burke 3
[3 6/12]
William F Burke 0

Additional Media

—The farm of Mrs. Grace Berckley, located in the Town of Knox, has been purchased by William F. Burke of Brooklyn. Mr. Burke took possession Sept. 1st.

Altamont Enterprise - September 23, 1927

Barber's Corners

William Burke, who has employment in New York spent the week end with his family.

Master John Burke had the misfortune to fall Sunday and cut his hand and sprain his ankle on Monday.

Altamont Enterprise - May 11, 1928

Mrs. William Burke and sons have moved to their farm in the town of Knox.

Altamont Enterprise - May 3, 1934

John Burke spent the week end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Burke in New York City.

Altamont Enterprise - August 1, 1941

Card of Thanks

We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the acts of kindness, messages of sympathy and beautiful floral offerings received from our many friends in Schenectady, Altamont, Knox and other places, in our sad bereavement in the loss of our beloved son; and brother, Sgt John J. Burke, U. S. A. We especially thank Captain Franz D. Willenbucher, U. S. N.; Lieutenant Donald D. Davis, U. S. N., Ret.; The Retired Officers Association; Captain Jeremiah F. Coleman, Catholic Chaplains of Camp Kilmer; the two Catholic Chaplains at Arlington National Cemetery;, the Brian K. Ogden family of Washington, D. C.; and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Z. Weideman of Knox, N. Y.

Mr. and Mrs. William F. Burke

William.F. Burke, Jr,

Altamont Enterprise - July 20, 1951

Legal Notices
Notice is hereby given that any person or persons hunting or trespassing on the lands of the undersigned shall be prosecuted to tyie full extent of the law.

Intruders continue to tear down and mutilate our no trespassing notices.

Last year we closed the place in November; after we had left our property, intruders entered, on bur property in Knox, N. Y.; when they left, they took with them stone, wood and" material from our barn. Therefore, I am obliged to have the above notice published.
Altamont, Star Route, N. Y.
(Oct. 23-Nov. 27)

Altamont Enterprise - November 13, 1953

Letter To Editor

There is simply no such thing as "Mental illness." The primal instinctive urge of self love always functions as well as it can. Whether this is considered to be discovery of an axiom or the mere formation of a notion it will greatly assist hundreds of thousands of sane but allegedly mentally ill Americans
William F Burke Jr
Founder and President National
Psychiatric Reform Institute, Altaittont,
Star Route.

Altamont Enterprise - April 8, 1960

—We wish much luck and happiness to William Burke (Jr.) and his bride, Kitty McCoy, to be married tomorrow.

Altamont Enterprise - Friday, August 6, 1971


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