Sgt. Patrick Richard Burke passed away Oct. 13. Between his time in high school and college, Burke joined the U.S. Marine Corps and fought with the 2/9 Marine Corps “Hell in a Helmet” in 1966 and the 1/9 Bravo Company Marine Unit “The Walking Dead” in 1967. He was awarded three Purple Hearts, the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one star, Vietnam Campaign Medal with device and the M-14 Rifle Sharpshooter Badge.
He graduated from SFA in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in forestry and received his master’s degree in forestry in 1974. Throughout his life he was an active military veteran, counseling any vet who needed help. He assisted in the creation of an ROTC program at Jack C. Hays High School and served as an advocate for post-traumatic stress disorder awareness and assistance.