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Burke Ratte 1985- US Marine Corps Boot Camp Burke Ratte 1985 - US Marine Corps ITS

Burke Ratte 2007 - C.V.V.A. Class A's

Burke Ratte 

United  States Marine Corps 
Active Duty From October, 1985 - August, 1989

Born: Winnipeg - Manitoba - Canada

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Burke's US Marine Corps Career


Enlistment & Infantry Training

  • Burke Ratte entered the U.S. by way of a Green Card on July, 1985 and enlisted in the Marines in Seattle, Washington. His immigration was based on his father being a North American Indian.

  • He served on active duty with the United States Marines from: October, 1985 to August, 1989. It started at MCRD San Diego, California. Burke attended Infantry Training School shortly after and received his primary MOS as a 0331 Machinegunner.

  • After his second deployment from overseas, he was sent (FAP) to the Base Rifle Range as a Marksmanship Instructor and received a secondary MOS as an 8531.

Hawaii & Overseas Service

  • His time in the Marines was a period nearing the end of the Cold War. The unit he served with was 1st Battalion 3rd Marines out of Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Every year his Infantry Unit would redeploy to Okinawa, Japan for a six month period servicing the Pacific Region.

  • Burke participated in various Operations and Exercises throughout this time frame. Including; Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, 29 palms CA and Training centers with in the Hawaiian Islands.

Marksmanship Instructor

  • During his time as a Marksmanship Instructor, Burke instructed Marines on their annual Rifle qualification with the M-16 A2. He also had the opportunity to compete in various Rifle Shooting Matches at the Division and Regional level.

Medals & Badge Service Awards

  • Burke's service Awards are: Marine Good Conduct Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon W/1 Star and Certificate of Service during the Cold War and Commemorative Medal. He also has a 4th award Expert Rifle Badge and a Regional Rifle Bronze Shooting Medal.

Fraternal & Military Clubs

  • Burke Ratte is a member of the Canadian Vietnam Veterans Association and also a paid member of a Military club called:

Military Ribbon,  Medals, & Badge Awarded

Sea Service Deployment Ribbon W/1 Star

Marine Good Conduct MedalKorea Defense Service MedalCold War Commemorative Medal

4th award Expert Rifle Badge    Regional Rifle Bronze Shooting Medal

Cold War Certificate of Service

 Cold War Certificate of Service
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld awarded the
"Certificate of Service" To Burke Ratte



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