Joe Burger In His Own Words
My relationship with the United States Marine Corps began when I was born in Shanghai, China where my father, a Marine, was stationed. As a Marine Junior I lived in many places including Washington D C, California, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and North and South Carolina. When I graduated from Duke University I was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. At that time my father was still on active duty. My first duty station as a track vehicle officer, specifically amphibious tractors, was Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii. I went on to serve at Quantico, VA, Headquarters Marine Corps, Arlington, VA, University of Syracuse (getting a graduate degree), sea duty aboard the aircraft carrier, Intrepid and Vietnam. After getting my graduate degree, I served as the financial manager for the MCLB Albany, Ga and the Third Marine Division on Okinawa.
One of my most unique experiences was aboard the Intrepid in 1965. As the commander of the Marine detachment aboard ship we were part of the space program. The Intrepid was assigned to bring home astronauts Gus Grissom and John Young when Gemini returned to Earth. They landed “off target” near Grand Turk Island in the Atlantic and had to be helicoptered to the waiting ship where they got a red-carpet reception from the officers and men crowding the flight deck and the Marines assumed responsibility for their security.
I retired at the Marine Corps Logistic Base in Albany, GA as a Lieutenant Colonel after 20 years of active duty. Since then I worked 25 years teaching finance and accounting at two locations in the University system of Georgia, and 27 years serving on the board of Heritage Bank of the South (now Renasant Bank) here in Albany. I am proud to say we have a third generation Marine, Captain Joseph C. Burger,II , serving on active duty at Camp Lejeune, NC. ”Chad” is our grandson.