Albert J. Burk - 2023 Inductee
Albert J. Burk
Attended University of Delaware
Combat Promotion to 1LT
Joined U.S. Army during Vietnam War
Flew 1,349 Combat Hours in Vietnam
Silver Star, Purple Heart, & 43 Air Medals
Delaware Army National Guard Aviation

Albert J. Burk graduated from Milford High School. He attended the University of Delaware for two and a half years, before joining the US Army at the height of the Vietnam War. He attended Warrant Officer Candidate School and Primary Flight Training, in the Hughes TH-55 Osage, at Fort Wolters, Texas. He completed Advanced Flight Training, in the Bell UH-1 Iroquois/Huey, at Fort Rucker, Alabama, graduating as an Army Aviator with rank of Warrant Officer First Class (W01).

WO1 Albert Burk served in Bien Hoa, South Vietnam with the 190th Assault Helicopter Company (Bell UH-1 Iroquois/Huey) and A Troop, 3/17th Air Calvary (Hughes OH-6 Cayuse), flying 1,349 combat hours. During his combat flying in Vietnam, he received a Combat Direct Commission to 1st Lieutenant and was awarded 43 Air Medals, the Silver Star, and the Purple Heart.

1LT Albert Burk was then assigned to the U. S. Army Southern European Theater Task Force in northeastern Italy. While in Italy, he served with the 110th Aviation Company (Verona) and 6th Aviation Detachment (Vicenza). During this assignment, he found, courted, and married his wife (Amanda). He was also promoted to Captain and earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, from the University of Maryland.

He returned to Delaware from Italy and served 28 years in the Delaware Army National Guard where he qualified in the Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk and the Beech U-21 Ute. He performed as a Bell UH-1 Iroquois Instructor Pilot.

He was trained in Aviation Life Support Equipment, Night Vision Flight, Arctic Survival, and Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Flight and flew critical missions supporting the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.