Burch, Francis, EMC

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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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Year of Birth
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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
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  1940, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL), 97-40
Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)

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Start Date 
Nov, 1940

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Last Updated:Sep 13, 2016
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RTC Great Lakes - 1940

  36 Also There at This Training:
Name Co Ptn Start Date
Auld, John Cuthbert, S2c, (1940-1941) Nov, 1940
Barber, Leroy Kenneth, F1c, (1940-1941) Nov, 1940
Barber, Malcolm John, F1c, (1940-1941) Nov, 1940
Baum, Earl Paul, S1c, (1940-1941) Nov, 1940
Berry, Gordon Eugene, F2c, (1940-1941) Nov, 1940
Bock Jr., John George, S2c, (1940-1941) Nov, 1940
Murphy, James Palmer, F3c, (1940-1941) Nov, 1940
Myers, Ray Harrison, S2c, (1940-1941) Nov, 1940
Valley, Lowell Earl, F2c, (1940-1941) Nov, 1940
Ward, James Richard, S1c, (1940-1941) Nov, 1940
Welch, William Edward, S1c, (1940-1941) Nov, 1940
Albright, Galen Winston, S1c, (1940-1941) Oct, 1940
Anderson, Arnold Leo, S1c, (1940-1941) Dec, 1940
Ankeny, William, PO3, (1940-1944) Dec, 1940
Aves, Willard Charles, F2c, (1940-1941) Oct, 1940
Bajorims, Joseph, S1c, (1940-1941) Oct, 1940
Barlow, Woods Richardson, S1c, (1940-1942) Dec, 1940
Bennett, Robert James, F3c, (1940-1941) Dec, 1940
Bergin, Roger Joseph, F2c, (1940-1941) Oct, 1940
Berry, James Winford, F2c, (1940-1941) Oct, 1940
Blaylock, Clarence Arvin, F3c, (1940-1941) Dec, 1940
Chrisman, Rodger, PO1, (1940-1961) Dec, 1940
Church, Ray William, PO1, (1940-1945) Oct, 1940
Faber, Thomas George, PO2, (1940-1942) Oct, 1940
Feagans, William E., SN, (1940-1946) 101 Oct, 1940
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