World War II vet and musician still entertains


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Charlie Burke with Ethel Phillips, hospital chairman for the Ladies Auxiliary of AMVETS Post 464 in Huber Heights.


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HUBER HEIGHTS — Say hello to Charles “Charlie” Burke, a U. S. Army Air Corps veteran. Burke served his country from 1942-1946.

His most memorable experience during World War II was as a T5 Radar Operator manning an early-warning site atop Hilo Mountain, Honolulu, HI.

Burke’s chosen profession was as a Country & Western musician playing the acoustic guitar, an instrument he taught himself to play during his pre-teen years. He has had a long career, playing (or acquainted) with such notables as Ernest Tubb, Les Paul, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Merle Travis, and George Barnes. He has personally recorded such songs as “Truck Drivers Blues”, “Saint Louis Blues”, “San Antonio Rose”, and “A Mansion on the Hill”.

His last recording was a CD entitled “Charlie Burke Playing His Acoustic Guitar 90 Years”. A current resident of Patriot Ridge Retirement Community, Fairborn, with his wife Rose, he still plays and sings for his fellow residents on their Entertainment Night.

Burke, still a bit of a charmer, has been more or less adopted by the Ladies Auxiliary of AMVETS Post 464, Huber Heights. They contribute their time and energies to ensure that Charlie, Rose and their fellow residents feel that they are not forgotten, and that they are still members of the local community.

Charlie Burke with Ethel Phillips, hospital chairman for the Ladies Auxiliary of AMVETS Post 464 in Huber Heights.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/03/web1_CharlieBurke.jpgCharlie Burke with Ethel Phillips, hospital chairman for the Ladies Auxiliary of AMVETS Post 464 in Huber Heights. Photo submitted

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Reach Amvets Post 464 at (937) 235-2838.

Reach Amvets Post 464 at (937) 235-2838.