Crew list of Ships hit by U-boats

Thomas E. Burke

Merchant Marine. American

Born  16 Oct 1918Hull, MA
Died  30 Dec 2009(91)Cohasset, MA

Roster information listed for Thomas E. Burke

ShipTypeRank / roleAttacked onBoat
HerediaSteam merchantThird Officer19 May 1942U-506 (1)
Cape NeddickSteam merchantChief Officer12 May 1943U-195

Personal information

Thomas E. Burke was a 1936 graduate of Brighton HS, Brighton, MA, and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1939. He sailed for the United Fruit Company from mid-1939 to late-1947, leaving them with an unlimited Masters License. He and the second officer Roy Sorli helped to save the children of the family Downes who were passengers aboard Heredia.

His obituary can be read here: RADM Thomas E. Burke (1918-2009)


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