Bonham WWII vet, Purple Heart recipient recognized

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

BONHAM, TX - A local World War II veteran got some special recognition in Bonham on Friday afternoon. Purple Heart recipient Lewen 'Jack' Burk" was presented with an American flag at a veteran's ceremony at the Clyde W. Cosper Texas State Veterans Home.

Burk survived D-Day and lost part of his foot trying to blow up a bridge during the Battle of the Bulge. He wasn't presented with the Purple Heart until former U.S House Speaker Sam Rayburn, also from Bonham, spoke up for him.

Burk says it was an honor to be recognized, and that all servicemen and women should be recognized for their sacrifices.

"In the service, regardless of what job they had. I still think a lot of my veterans," Burk said.

This was the fourth annual veterans ceremony held at the veterans' home.

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