Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Saluting My Family's WWII Veterans

During World War II, a number of family members served in the military. I'm proud and grateful for their service!

Above left, my father Harold Burk (1909-1978) was a personnel clerk and Technician 5th grade in the 3163d Army Signal Service Corps, supporting combat troops in Central Europe and Germany.

Above right, Harold's brother, my uncle Sidney Burk (1914-1995), was (I believe) serving on staff for the Judge Advocate General in Hawaii during WWII.

My aunt Dorothy Schwartz (1919-2001), shown in the news clipping at right, was a sergeant in the Women's Army Corps and received the Bronze Star for supporting bombardment forces in Belgium, France, England, and elsewhere in Europe. The story of her harrowing wartime voyage across the Atlantic with hundreds of WACs and British military is here.

Her brother, my uncle Frederick Shaw (1912-1991), was an Army staff sergeant who trained troops in a number of Southern installations from 1943 to 1945.

In addition, cousins on both sides of the family were in the military. Thank you!


  1. Very nice tribute. Your aunt's service sounds very intriguing!

  2. Thank you for reading and commenting, Anna. I added a link to my in-depth post about my aunt's experience crossing the Atlantic with a contingent of 650 WACs who were dodging German subs as their ship crossed the ocean!

  3. Marian, that's a great way to honor those who gave so much for others. We all need to remember & honor all our soldiers, then & now.

    1. Thanks so much for reading and leaving your comment, Colleen. My father was involved in supporting the liberation of Paris and I couldn't be prouder of his service, especially now.