Burke, Miles Shirley, St1c

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Last Rank
Steward's Mate First Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Stewards Mate
Primary Unit
1944-1945, SH-0000, USS Bush (DD-529)
Service Years
1944 - 1945
Steward's Mate First Class

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Chowan, NC
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Not Specified
Location of Interment
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Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial
  2015, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Navy
  1944-1945, SH-0000, USS Bush (DD-529)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Morotai
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Mindoro
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Mar 13, 1944, Service entry date & Serial Number
  May 26, 1944, Received on USS Bush
  Apr 06, 1945, USS Bush Sunk
  Apr 07, 1945, Picket up and transported after sinking USS Henrico
  Apr 10, 1945, All Hands received on USS Meriwether from USS Bush FFT to nearest Receiving Station
  May 14, 1945, Transferred to Receiving Station San Francisco, CA for FFT.
  Nov 08, 1945, Honorably Discharged
  Oct 19, 2015, General Photos3
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Bush was operating as radar picket ship off Okinawa 6 April 1945 and had splashed at least one plane when she was hit and subsequently sunk by three Japanese kamikazes. At 1515, the first plane hit at the deck level on the starboard side between number one and two stacks causing its bomb or torpedo to explode in the forward engine room. Although much damage was sustained the ship was not believed to be in severe danger and tugs were requested. Colhoun was closing in to assist when she was hit by a suicide plane and was so severely damaged that she had to be sunk by United States forces.

At 1725, a second kamikaze crashed into the port side of Bush's main deck between the stacks, starting a large fire and nearly severing the ship. At 1745, a third crashed onto the port side just above the main deck. Some of the ship's ammunition caught fire and began to explode. Although it was believed that she would break amidships, it was thought that both halves would be salvageable. However, an unusually heavy swell rocked the ship, and Bush began to cave in amidships. Other swells followed, and the ship was abandoned by her 227 survivors just before she folded and sank. 87 of her crew were lost.

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Name of Award
Navy and Marine Corps Medal
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy and Marine Corps Medal to Seaman First Class Miles S. Burke (NSN: 8344722), United States Naval Reserve, for heroism in rescuing two shipmates from drowning on the evening of 6 April 1945. Forced to abandon ship on occasion of its loss due to enemy air attack with complete disregard of his own life he supported the two men, one without a life jacket, both weak from over-exposure and exhaustion for a period of five hours until succor arrived. His heroic conduct performed in the face of great danger to himself was outstanding.

Action Date: April 6, 1945
Service: Navy
Rank: Seaman First Class
Division: U.S.S. Bush (DD-529)
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