[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1996, Book I)]
[January 1, 1996]
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[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]

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Statement on the Death of Admiral Arleigh A. Burke
January 1, 1996

    We mourn the passing today of Adm. Arleigh A. Burke, U.S. Navy 
(Retired), whose dedicated and exceptional career is cherished by 
everyone who knew of his extraordinary courage, legendary reputation, 
and selfless service.
    Last summer, as I prepared for the 50th anniversary of the 
commemoration of V-J Day and the end of the war in the Pacific, I had 
the honor and privilege of having dinner with Admiral Burke. I benefited 
then from his wise counsel, as had previous Presidents before me. 
Courageous and gallant, he was renowned for his heroism and leadership 
during the Pacific battles of World War II, from Cape St. George and the 
Solomon Sea to Leyte Gulf and Okinawa. During his 6-year tenure as Chief 
of Naval Operations in the pivotal years of the cold war, Admiral 
Burke's vision ensured a balanced and versatile Navy to help deter world 
war and respond to whatever crises might come. The U.S. Navy, in naming 
one of its most powerful class of surface ships after ``31-Knot Burke,'' 
has ensured that his name will ride the seas as a reminder in the coming 
century of an indomitable destroyerman and naval leader who stood for 
freedom and the excellence needed to defend it.
    To Admiral Burke's wife of 72 years, Roberta, his family and 
friends, and to the Navy community, I extend my heartfelt condolences. 
We will remember him as one of America's finest sailors and most capable 
military leaders.

Note: The related proclamation of January 2 is listed in Appendix D at 
the end of this volume.