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Admiral Arleigh Albert '31-knot' Burke speaking at a ceremony.

Admiral Arleigh Albert '31-knot' Burke speaking at a ceremony.
Admiral Arleigh Albert '31-knot' Burke speaking at a ceremony.
Admiral Arleigh Albert '31-knot' Burke speaking at a ceremony.
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Admiral Arleigh Albert '31-knot' Burke was an admiral of the United States Navy who distinguished himself during World War II and the Korean War, and who served as Chief of Naval Operations during the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations. USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), the lead ship of her class of Aegis-equipped guided missile destroyers, was commissioned in his honor in 1991, during his lifetime. Burke was born in Boulder, Colorado on October 19, 1901, to Oscar Burke and Clara Mokler. His grandfather, August Björkgren was a Swedish immigrant to the US and changed his surname to 'Burke' (a popular Irish surname) to sound more 'American'.[1] Due to the 1918 influenza outbreak, schools were closed in Boulder and he never graduated from High School. He won an alternate appointment to the Naval Academy given by his local congressman. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in June 1923, and was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy. He married Miss Roberta Gorsuch of Washington, D.C. He was born on October 19, 1901 and died on January 1, 1996.

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