Jerry Clark Burkhead

United States Marine Corps
19 October 1946 - 08 February 1968
Lee Mont, Virginia
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Jerry Clark Burkhead

11 Sep 2002

We all loved Jerry.
Someone to this day keeps placing a red rose on his grave.

His name is shown on the following site with death date:

A memorial initiated by a friend and classmate, 1st-12th Grades.

28 Jun 2003

Time will never erase the pain. We love you and are so proud of you.

From his sister,
Judi Burkhead Zimmerman
5025 Oak Bluff Dr, St. Louis, Mo. 63049

A Note from The Virtual Wall

In February 1968 the 1st Bn, 9th Marines was responsible for defending a portion of the west side of the Khe Sanh Combat Base. To accomplish this mission the battalion established a series of strong points on suitable terrain. Alpha Company's Outpost 1 was located on a hill about 3 kilometers due west of the Khe Sanh air field. At 0415 08 February the Alpha 1 outpost came under heavy mortar and ground attack. Although the defenders managed to avoid being overrun, the perimeter was breached and the North Vietnamese occupied a part of the position. A relief column arrived at about 0825 but heavy fighting continued until 1100, when the position was fully retaken. The NVA left over 150 bodies on the battlefield, but Alpha 1/9 had 27 men killed and 54 wounded in the action:
  • 2ndLt Terence R. Roach, Birmingham, MI (Bronze Star "V")
  • SSgt Bernard B. McKinney, Helen, WV (Bronze Star "V")
  • Cpl Jerry C. Burkhead, Lee Mont, VA
  • Cpl Anthony W. Handley, Hot Springs, AR, H&S w/ A/1/9
  • Cpl Thomas C. Lewer, Bemidji, MN
  • Cpl Roy D. McDaniel, Kansas City, MO
  • Cpl Manuel P. Torres, Piru, CA
  • Cpl Henry York, North Babylon, NY
  • HN Michael B. Barrett, Los Angeles, CA, H&S w/ A/1/9
  • LCpl William L. Glasper, Baton Rouge, LA
  • LCpl James P. Rizzo, Bratenahl, OH (Bronze Star "V")
  • LCpl Ronald C. Rountree, Sherman Oaks, CA
  • LCpl James F. Scott, Mobile, AL
  • LCpl Arvid B. Skuza, Ada, MN
  • LCpl Jeffrey M. Walsh, Bethel Park, PA
  • Pfc Gerald R. Clemson, Geneva, OH
  • Pfc William K. Colegate, Red Bud, IL
  • Pfc Thomas R. Craig, Atlanta, GA
  • Pfc Kenneth C. Fordham, Macon, GA
  • Pfc Leonard Jackson, Chicago, IL
  • Pfc Robert N. Morden, Greensboro, NC
  • Pfc Patrick M. Murphy, Merrill, MI
  • Pfc Ronald L. Pembleton, Nicholasville, KY
  • Pfc John C. Pondoff, East St Louis, IL
  • Pfc Tommy L. Stewart, Washington, DC
  • Pvt Guy D. Dickie, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Pvt Allen McKinley, Gary, IN

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his sister,
Judi Burkhead Zimmerman
5025 Oak Bluff Dr, St. Louis, Mo. 63049

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 11 Sep 2002
Last updated 10/19/2007