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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Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
Start Year
1944
End Year
1944

Description
The Battle of Leyte Gulf, also called the Battles for Leyte Gulf, and formerly known as the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea, is generally considered to be the largest naval battle of World War II and, by some criteria, possibly the largest naval battle in history.

It was fought in waters near the Philippine islands of Leyte, Samar and Luzon from 23–26 October 1944, between combined US and Australian forces and the Imperial Japanese Navy. On 20 October, United States troops invaded the island of Leyte as part of a strategy aimed at isolating Japan from the countries it had occupied in Southeast Asia, and in particular depriving its forces and industry of vital oil supplies. The Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) mobilized nearly all of its remaining major naval vessels in an attempt to defeat the Allied invasion, but was repulsed by the US Navy's 3rd and 7th Fleets. The IJN failed to achieve its objective, suffered very heavy losses, and never afterwards sailed to battle in comparable force. The majority of its surviving heavy ships, deprived of fuel, remained in their bases for the rest of the Pacific War.

The Battle of Leyte Gulf consisted of four separate engagements between the opposing forces: the Battle of the Sibuyan Sea, the Battle of Surigao Strait, the Battle of Cape Engaño and the Battle off Samar, as well as other actions.

It was the first battle in which Japanese aircraft carried out organized kamikaze attacks. By the time of the battle, Japan had fewer aircraft than the Allied forces had sea vessels, demonstrating the difference in power of the two sides at this point of the war.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1944
To Year
1944
 
Last Updated:
Nov 2, 2014
   
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My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  360 Also There at This Battle:
  • Adling, Richard
  • Ball, Robert, PO1, (1942-1945)
  • Baxter, James
  • Bedrosian, John, SN, (1944-1946)
  • Breaux, Calvin, SN, (1944-1946)
  • Clonts, Alpheus Eugene, PO1, (1942-1948)
  • Cote, Arthur, S1c, (1943-1946)
  • Crawforth, Evan, PO2, (1942-1945)
  • Crookshank, Irvin, PO2, (1942-1946)
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