Xavier Magazine

XU Alum Recounts His Time in the Military during WWII

Ed Burke graduated from Xavier in 1942.

He immediately entered WWII as the commander of a tank destroyer battalion, earning a Silver Star for this efforts, which included storming the beaches of Normandy on D-Day and helping liberate three French towns from German occupation.

In 2012, the French government honored Burke for his efforts in helping liberate the country, presenting him with the Knight of the Legion of Honor medal, its highest award given to foreign military servicemen by the French government.

Read more about Ed Burke’s story here.