MIA Soldier is Laid to Rest After 39 Years

By: McKenzie Martin
By: McKenzie Martin

It was a long time coming but finally after 39 years...Burke Morgan has been laid to rest.

"Its a moving experience, its been 39 years since he was shot down, I was a year and a half old...I don't have many memories of him,” said Burke’s son, Kyle Craig.

Morgan was last accounted for on August 22, 1967 when his plane was shot down in Southeast Asia...his remains weren't recovered until February of 2005.

At the time of his death Burke left behind two children and his wife Mary...Burke's children say their mom remarried but she never let go of Burke, her first love.

"Part of her kind of died that day because she had been waiting and hoping for so long for the love of her life," said Burke’s daughter, Danna Barnes.

Classmates from the class of 1961 joined Burke's family in celebrating the life of not just a fallen soldier but a hero.

"Burke gave it all, he was a hero and he died a hero's death. He was a fun loving, bright, happy and go lucky guy,” said Burke’s classmate, Sam Hardage.

His daughter agreed saying, "He was a hero, I heard the stories growing up. I always thought he was a hero and I've talked to his classmates and they all agree he was a hero."

Burke's widow, Mary, died seven months ago but the Air Force says she did know that her husband had been found before she died. The two now lay side by side at the Air Force Academy Cemetery.

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