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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Parksley in Accomack County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Freedom Is Never Free

Freedom Is Never Free Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), January 17, 2021
1. Freedom Is Never Free Marker
Jerry Clark Burkhead
ACO, 1st BN, 9th, 3rd MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
19 Oct 1946 - 08 Feb 1968
Lee Mont, Virginia

Corporal Jerry Burkhead (USMC), is lovingly remembered by his family and friends, for his kind spirit, humor and loyalty. Born in Justisville, Virginia, on October 19, 1946, Jerry was the youngest of twelve children, born to Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Burkhead. While growing up in Lee Mont, Virginia, his family was the center of his life, and a source of his strong character and values. He was a member of Zion Baptist Church.

Following graduation from Parksley High School in 1966, Jerry joined the United States Marine Corps.

Deployed from Camp Pendleton to Vietnam in NOvember 1967, Corporal Burkhead was killed in action during the Tet Offensive on February 8, 1968, in Quang Tri, South Vietnam, on Hill 64 near Khe Sanh Combat Base.

"There is a price for freedom, it is called obedience. Obedience to country, to
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the call it places upon its young men in war, and an obedience to oneself. The men in this story paid that price, some with their very lives. We honor them with the memory of their sacrifice. May it never be forgotten?"

- United States Marine Corps Alpha Company Commander, Captain "Mac" Radcliffe, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 1st Corps, RVN 1967 - 1968 Semper Fidelis

The Battle For
Hill 64
Casualty List Killed In Action
Barrett, HN Michael Barry 2/8/68 A/1/9 1st Platoon Corpsman • Burkhead, CPL Jerry Clark 2/8/68 A/1/9 1st Platoon • Clemson, PFC Gerald Richard 2/8/26 A/1/9 1st Platoon • Colegate, PFC William Karl 2/8/68 A/1/9 1st Platoon • Craig, PFC Thomas R Jr 2/8/68 A/1/9 • Dickie, PVT Guy Douglas 2/8/68 A/1/9 1st Platoon • Fordham, PFC Kenneth Charles 2/8/68 A/1/9 • Glasper, LCPL William Lawrence 2/8/68 A/1/9 • Handley, CPL Anthony William 2/8/68 A/1/9 H&S • Jackson, PFC Leonard Jr 2/8/68 A/1/9 • Lewer, CPL Thomas Charles 2/8/68 A/1/9 • McDaniel, CPL Roy Dean 2/8/68 A/1/9 1st Platoon • McKinley, PVT Allen 2/8/68 A/1/9 • McKinney, SSGT Bernard B Jr 2/8/68 A/1/9 1st Platoon • Morden, PFC Robert Nelson 2/8/68 A/1/9 1st Platoon • Murphy, PFC Patrick Michael 2/8/68 A/1/9 1st Platoon • Pembleton, PFC Ronald Lee 2/8/68 A/1/9 1st Platoon • Pondoff,
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Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), January 17, 2021
2. Freedom Is Never Free Marker
PFC John Christopher 2/8/68 A/1/9 1st Platoon • Rizzo, LCPL James Patrick 2/8/68 A/1/9 • Roach, 2/LT Terence Raymond 2/8/68 A/1/9 1st Platoon • Rountree, LCPL Ronald Corbin 2/8/68 A/1/9 • Scott, LCPL James Frank 2/8/68 A/1/9 • Skuza, LCPL Arvid Burdeen 2/8/68 A/1/9 • Stewart, PFC Tommy Lane 2/8/68 A/1/9 • Torres, CPL Manuel Prieto 2/8/68 A/1/9 • Walsh, LCPL Jeffrey Michael 2/8/68 A/1/9 • York, CPL Henry 2/8/68 A/1/9

In honor of the men of Accomack County, Virginia who died in the service of our country in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War

World War I
Lawrence Summerfield Adams • Bagby Stuart Ashby, Jr. • Charles Henry Bagwell • Samuel Bailey • Harry S. Birch • Estel G. Bloxom • Augustus Drummond Bonniwell • Frisby Ray Bowden • Burleigh Ray Chance • Tubman Lewis Crockett • William L. Crockett • Byron C. Cugler • Isaac R. Daisey • Lee D. Dennis • Clayton Thomas Evans • Eulas S. Ewell • Emory L. erguson • Coley Woodland Gardner • Emanuel Joseph Halverson • Homer W. Hastings • Ansley H. Holston • Claud J. Matthews • Edward W. Mears • Wilbert Parramore • John S. Parsons • Joseph Thomas Phillips • Oscar C. Satchell • Jesse Thomas Shield • Vernon Lee Somers • William Andrew Spurley • Frank Sturgis • Allen Watson

Freedom Is Never Free Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), January 17, 2021
3. Freedom Is Never Free Marker
War II
James Maxwell Allen • Merrill L. Annis • William L. Bailey • Herman Riley Barnes • Lawrence Vernon Beebe • James H. Bell • James Robert Belote, Jr. • Hobart Gunnell Binsted • C.W. (Buddy) Bloxom, Jr. • Charles Lee Booth • Otis B. Brittingham • Ralph William Bundick • Cornelius Zane Byrd • William Sidney Chambers • Ray Holloman Charnock • Fred Hughes Coleman, Jr. • William Byron Covington • William Robert Covington • Charles Ashby Crockett • George William Crockett • Harry B. Cutler • James E. Davenport • William E. Davis • Robert - Day, Jr. • Claude Kellam Dix • Bowdoin Mears Drummond • Charles Wallace Edwards • Roland Charles Elliott • Thomas George Ellis • Floyd F. Fisher • Charles Herbert Fletcher • William S. Hartman • Harold T. Hitchens • Milton L. Hopkins • Mertilly Alphonso Hunte • Clinton - Johnson • Raymond - Jones • Keith M. Kelly • John Howard Killmon • Woodrow J. Leblanc • Elmer L. Lescealette • Howard Charles Macknight • Lloyd Russell Marsh • Walter Norris Mason, Jr. • George Leroy Mers • Kenneth Stevens Melson • Carl E. Merritt • Edward F. Middleton • Meredith K. Moran • Walter Purnell Nock, Jr. • Walter James Northam • James L. Parker • William Henry Parker IV • Preston Dix Parks, Jr. • William Jona Parks • William Louis Parks • Thomas
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M. Pettit • Samuel Vaden Phillips, Jr. • Charles R. Phipps • Gilbert Gordon Pilchard • Raymond Eugene Pruitt • Samuel E. Quillen • Delbert M. Roadcap • Hildred B. Satchel • Albert Nottingham Smith • Samuel Spencer Smith • Ellsworth F. Snead • John R. Talton • Asher Colburn Taylor • Vandyke S. Toye • John B. Ward • Heyward Russell Waters • Milton Edward Watson • John Richard Watts • William Collins Wessells • Hugh Franklin Williams • William Lilliston Williams

Korean War
Ralph L. Cale • Curtis K. Kern • Homer G. Mears • Leonard M. Savage • Amos L. Scott • Lankford L. Whitman

Vietnam War
Jerry C. Burkhead • Michael Dorn • Herbert B. East, Jr. • Warren R. Eskridge • George L. Kellam • Henry J. O'Kusky, Jr. • Ralph H. Reid • Clifford Grady Rhodes • Edmund B. Scarborough • William David Wessells • James Williams

Honoring the men and women who served in
World Wars I & II, and the Korean, Vietnam, Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq Wars

Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: Military.
Location. 37° 47.005′ N, 75° 39.205′ W. Marker is in Parksley, Virginia, in Accomack County. Memorial is on Dunne Avenue (Route 316) just north of Catherine Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18468 Dunne Ave, Parksley VA 23421, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. You Are Not Forgotten (a few steps from this marker); This corner portion of the brick foundation (a few steps from this marker); The Hopeton Passenger Station (a few steps from this marker); Barber Shop Bench (within shouting distance of this marker); The Railroad Tracks That Run Through Parksley (within shouting distance of this marker); Diner #6061 (within shouting distance of this marker); Maintenance-of-Way Tool Shed (within shouting distance of this marker); Class X23 Box Car (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Parksley.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 19, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 241 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 19, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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