Ernest Leroy Burdge
Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force
Leroy Burdge Jr., 90, an Air Force pilot and Defense Department intelligence
analyst, died of complications of prostate cancer August 31, 2006, at Howard
County General Hospital. He lived in Columbia, Maryland.
Burdge, a native of Minneapolis, served in the Army Air Forces during World War II, flying 30 missions in a B-17 bomber and 40 missions in a P-51 fighter in 1944 alone. He received three Distinguished Flying Crosses for his wartime service and participated in the Berlin Airlift after the war.
He remained in the Air Force until 1963, serving in England, France, Germany and Libya and at numerous posts in the United States. He retired in 1963.
Burdge moved to Laurel and worked as an intelligence analyst for the Defense Department until 1980, when he retired again. He moved to Columbia in 2002.
He was a member of the Gunpowder Golf Club and the Elks Club.
His wife of 53 years, Mary Jane Hasler Burdge, died in 1998.
Survivors include four children, Geoffrey Burdge
of Merritt Island, Fla., Ernest Burdge of Churchville, Pa., Stephanie Diamond
of Redding, Calif., and Melissa Garbowitz of Encino, Calif.; a sister;
and four grandchildren.
BURDGE, ERNEST LEROY JR
LT COL US AIR FORCE
DATE OF BIRTH: 12/09/1915
DATE OF DEATH: 08/31/2006
BURIED AT: SECTION 9 SITE 5846E-LH
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Posted: 3 December 2006