Kevin Gail BurkeFirst Lieutenant
A CO, 4TH BN, 31ST INF RGT, 196 INF BDE
Army of the United States
09 November 1944 - 20 November 1968
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Kevin Gail Burke is one of the larger family descended from Conrad, William Francis, and Peter W. Mailander, three brothers who came to America from the town of Neunkirchen, Siegkreis, Prussia, in 1849. I have an interest in genealogy, and have developed a family tree for our extended family.
While visiting my cousin Chris Mailander in DC, he showed me the name of our cousin Kevin Burke on the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Kevin's name is located in the center of the picture about 3 lines up from the more darkly shadowed names - between the two exaggerated diamonds. His great grandparents were Caroline Mailander and August Ballenseifer who lived in Atlantic, Iowa.
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From his cousin,
Kevin asked to lead a platoon into battle and displayed great heroism on Nui Chom Mountain, across from LZ West. He died a hero and will always be missed by those of us who served with 4th Bn, 31st Inf, 196th LIB.
Ken Herrman, Jr.
When Tell A Tale of Iowa (Don Doyle Brown, Wallace-Homestead Book Co., Radnor, PA), originally written in 1965, was republished in paperback after my cousin's death, it included the following dedication to Kevin:
"In the early dawn of November 20, 1968, near the tiny village of Tan My in Quang Tin Province, South Vietnam, Lt. Kevin G. Burke of Anita, Iowa, volunteered to lead a rescue mission to attempt to reach several men from another company who were pinned down by enemy fire.
A Note from The Virtual Wall
A Company, 4/31st Infantry, lost three men in the engagement described above:
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Melissa Mailander Curristan
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 29 Sep 2001
Last updated 07/18/2006