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Welcome Aboard! My name is Jim Burke. I'm a retired United States Navy Chief Petty Officer and a retired Paramedic Supervisor from LaPorte County Emergency Medical Service in La Porte IN. I am now a part time Respiratory Therapist in Michigan City, IN. My venture into web page building was inspired by my now 25 year old daughter who graduated from college in 2006 and is now an Environmental Chemist.

It is said that "Once A Chief, Always A Chief"...the title that followed me into the ambulance service.

This page is dedicated to my fellow Chief Petty Officers, the United States Navy and to all who have served their country in the military, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Between active and reserve time my Naval career spanned 26 years. As I said at my retirement ceremony "I've received many awards and honors during my career, but the greatest honor was the opportunity to wear the uniform of a Chief Petty Officer".

The Chief Petty Officer Retirement Creed

You have on this day, experienced that which comes to all of us who serve on active duty in "OUR NAVY". I say "OUR NAVY", because your departure from active duty in no way terminates your relationship. By law and tradition, U.S. Navy Retirees are always on the rolls ever ready to lend their service when the need arises. The respect that you earned as "The Chief" was based on the same atributes that you will now carry into retirement. You should have no regrets. Do not view your retirement as an end of an era but rather as orders to a new and challenging assignment, to a form of independent duty. Remember well that you have been, and will always be, an accepted member of the most exclusive of all fraternities - that of the U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officers. The active duty Chiefs salute you, your retired Chiefs welcome you. I wish you the traditional
"Fair Winds and Following Seas"

USS Stark County LST 1134
Photo by former shipmate Ashley Waters

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U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Creed
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The Watch
Did You Stand "The Watch"?
A Fallen Chief
Bennie Lambton - POW/MIA
Message from Chief Lambton's Daughter (2/02)
The Navy Hymn
Words & Music
God Bless The USA
Words & Music
Fourth Of July
Our Flag
The Saga Of Ole' Eleven Thirty Four
My First Ship
I Am The American Sailor
Those That Have Gone Before Us
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