Burch, Francis, EMC

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
EM-0000-Electrician's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Electrician's Mate
Primary Unit
1941-1946, EM-0000, USS Maryland (BB-46)
Service Years
1940 - 1946
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Shellback
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
EM-Electrician's Mate
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Home State
Iowa
Iowa
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Cherokee, Iowa
Last Address
Evart, Michigan

Date of Passing
Feb 20, 1990
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion US Navy Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal

Order of the Golden Dragon


 Military Association Memberships
Post 7979, Evart PostPearl Harbor Survivor's Association
  1970, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 7979, Evart Post (Member) (Evart, Michigan) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1975, Pearl Harbor Survivor's Association


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Retired and living in Evart, MI. with wife Elsie.  Dad would never talk about the war.    CPO Burch is buried in the Sylvan Cemetery, Osceola County, MI.
   
Other Comments:
I asked Dad on occasion about the war.  He couldn't bring himself to talk about it.  He did mention one time about a Japanese medium bomber ("Betty") ramming into his ship.  Dad fought in 7 major battles in the Pacific.  Torpedo hit the ship at one time and was sailed backwards to Pearl Harbor and then, I think, to Bremerton WA for repairs.    Dad was on the USS Maryland on December 7, 1941.  Can't imagine what he was thinking besides the horror and the anger.  Dads job during engaging the enemy on board ship was the first turret.  I couldn't get him to talk about that either.  When not in combat, Dad was an electrician.  He did stay with the USS  Maryland for the duration of the war.  I think that may be a bit unusual.  After the war, Dad went into electronics and made his living.  He sure was a good guy. 

Teresa Burch
Daughter-in-law
   
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World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
Start Year
1941
End Year
1941

Description
The attack on Pearl Harbor, also known as the Battle of Pearl Harbor, the Hawaii Operation or Operation AI by the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters,  and Operation Z during planning, was a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory, on the morning of December 7, 1941. The attack led to the United States' entry into World War II.

Japan intended the attack as a preventive action to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions the Empire of Japan planned in Southeast Asia against overseas territories of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States. Over the next seven hours there were coordinated Japanese attacks on the U.S.-held Philippines, Guam and Wake Island and on the British Empire in Malaya, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

The attack commenced at 7:48 a.m. Hawaiian Time. The base was attacked by 353 Imperial Japanese fighter planes, bombers, and torpedo planes in two waves, launched from six aircraft carriers. All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, with four sunk. All but Arizona were later raised, and six were returned to service and went on to fight in the war. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship, and one minelayer. 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded. Important base installations such as the power station, shipyard, maintenance, and fuel and torpedo storage facilities, as well as the submarine piers and headquarters building (also home of the intelligence section) were not attacked. Japanese losses were light: 29 aircraft and five midget submarines lost, and 64 servicemen killed. One Japanese sailor, Kazuo Sakamaki, was captured.

The attack came as a profound shock to the American people and led directly to the American entry into World War II in both the Pacific and European theaters. The following day, December 8, the United States declared war on Japan. Domestic support for non-interventionism, which had been fading since the Fall of France in 1940,[19] disappeared. Clandestine support of the United Kingdom (e.g., the Neutrality Patrol) was replaced by active alliance. Subsequent operations by the U.S. prompted Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy to declare war on the U.S. on December 11, which was reciprocated by the U.S. the same day.

From the 1950s, several writers alleged that parties high in the U.S. and British governments knew of the attack in advance and may have let it happen (or even encouraged it) with the aim of bringing the U.S. into war. However, this advance-knowledge conspiracy theory is rejected by mainstream historians.

There were numerous historical precedents for unannounced military action by Japan. However, the lack of any formal warning, particularly while negotiations were still apparently ongoing, led President Franklin D. Roosevelt to proclaim December 7, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy". Because the attack happened without a declaration of war and without explicit warning, the attack on Pearl Harbor was judged by the Tokyo Trials to be a war crime.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1941
To Year
1941
 
Last Updated:
Jul 13, 2012
   
Personal Memories

People You Remember
Crew of USS Maryland (BB-46)


Memories
Manned AA gun during the attack. Ship took two bomb hits, 4 KIA.

   
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
BB-46 Pearl Harbor Attack (1941)
BB-46 Pearl Harbor Attack (1941)

  2014 Also There at This Battle:
  • Atkins, Edward F., S2c, (1936-1946)
  • Atkins, Maurice Lee, S2c, (1936-1946)
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