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Burke, Anne



  • Existence: July 18, 1918 - July 15, 2002
  • Usage: July 18, 1918 - July 15, 2002


Anne Burke was born in Bethlehem, PA, on July 18, 1918. She graduated from St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing before volunteering December 3, 1940. She was discharged in December of 1946 from Fort Dix. Burke was stationed at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, England General Hospital Atlantic City, Valley Forge General Hospital, as well as Melbourne, Australia, and Fisnchhafen, New Guinea. She worked as a nurse and, during the war, met, married, and buried her husband Andrew O'Rorke, a United States Marine Corps Officer who served during the Battle of Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester, New Britain in the Solomon Islands, with the 1st Marine Division. Anne served in the Fourth General Hospital for three years while in Melbourne. She passed away on July 15, 2002, at VNA Hospice, at St. Lukes, Fountain Hill PA.

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Anne Burke papers

 Collection — 00.0169 Box 1
Identifier: 00.0169
Scope and Contents Anne Burke was a nurse in the US Army Nurse Corps at the USA Fourth General Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, during World War II. The collection primarily relates to her relationship with First Lieutenant Andrew W. O'Rourke, Jr. of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. The collection includes thirty-nine letters written by Andrew to Anne during the war. The letters stop due to Andrew's death as a result of typhus fever.  Also included are four photographs, sixteen letters to Anne of condolences from those who served with Andrew, newspaper clippings, a fellow nurse's memoirs, V-mail, and a greeting card. The letters from Andrew to Anne discuss censorship, the need to keep their marriage secret,...
Dates: 1942-2000; Other: Majority of material found within 1942-1945; Other: Date acquired: 02/28/2000